Definitions for debacledəˈbɑ kəl, -ˈbæk əl, deɪ-
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de•ba•cledəˈbɑ kəl, -ˈbæk əl, deɪ-(n.)
a disaster or fiasco.
a general rout or dispersal of troops.
a breaking up of ice in a river.
Category: Geography (terms)
Origin of debacle:
1795–1805; < F débâcle, der. of débâcler to unbar, clear =dé-dis -1+bâcler to bar 蠐 L baculum stick, rod
a sudden and violent collapse
flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing, slaughter, trouncing, whipping(noun)
a sound defeat
An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences.
A breaking up of a natural dam, usually made of ice, by a river and the ensuing rush of water.
a breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other debris