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ˈæv əˌlæntʃ, -ˌlɑntʃAvalanche

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. avalanchenoun

    a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain

  2. avalancheverb

    a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things

    "the program brought an avalanche of mail"

  3. avalanche, roll downverb

    gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow

Wiktionary

  1. avalanchenoun

    A large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down a mountain side, or falling down a precipice.

    Etymology: Swiss French, from (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from labanka (cf. Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of labina ‘landslide’ (cf. Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.

  2. avalanchenoun

    A fall of earth, rocks, etc., similar to that of an avalanche of snow or ice.

    Etymology: Swiss French, from (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from labanka (cf. Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of labina ‘landslide’ (cf. Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.

  3. avalanchenoun

    A sudden, great, or irresistible descent or influx of anything.

    Etymology: Swiss French, from (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from labanka (cf. Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of labina ‘landslide’ (cf. Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.

  4. avalanchenoun

    Anything like an avalanche in suddenness and overwhelming quantity (like a barrage, blitz, etc).

    Etymology: Swiss French, from (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from labanka (cf. Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of labina ‘landslide’ (cf. Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.

  5. avalancheverb

    To descend like an avalanche.

    Etymology: Swiss French, from (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from labanka (cf. Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of labina ‘landslide’ (cf. Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.

  6. avalancheverb

    To come down upon; to overwhelm.

    The shelf broke and the boxes avalanched the workers.

    Etymology: Swiss French, from (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from labanka (cf. Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of labina ‘landslide’ (cf. Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avalanchenoun

    a large mass or body of snow and ice sliding swiftly down a mountain side, or falling down a precipice

    Etymology: [F. avalanche, fr. avaler to descend, to let down, from aval down, downward; (L. ad) + val, L. vallis, valley. See Valley.]

  2. Avalanchenoun

    a fall of earth, rocks, etc., similar to that of an avalanche of snow or ice

    Etymology: [F. avalanche, fr. avaler to descend, to let down, from aval down, downward; (L. ad) + val, L. vallis, valley. See Valley.]

  3. Avalanchenoun

    a sudden, great, or irresistible descent or influx of anything

    Etymology: [F. avalanche, fr. avaler to descend, to let down, from aval down, downward; (L. ad) + val, L. vallis, valley. See Valley.]

Freebase

  1. Avalanche

    Avalanche is a Marvel Comics supervillain and an enemy of the X-Men. A Cretan mutant, Avalanche possesses the ability to generate seismic waves from his hands that are strong enough to create earthquakes of varying sizes and to disintegrate any substance other than living tissue. He has been a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants and Freedom Force. The animated series X-Men: Evolution portrays him as Lance Alvers, a misguided mutant teenager and one time romantic love interest of the X-Men's Shadowcat.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Avalanche

    av′al-ansh, n. a mass of snow and ice sliding down from a mountain: a snow-slip.—v.i. Avāle′ (Spens.), to descend.—v.t. (Spens.) to cause to descend. [Fr. avaler, to slip down—L. ad, to, vall-em, the valley.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Avalanche in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Avalanche in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Avalanche in a Sentence

  1. Mike Moniz:

    It was kind of good because in Colorado the avalanche happened at around midnight so ... they didn't hear about it until they woke up.

  2. Geraldo Rivera:

    If you had done the obvious and saw the problem as it's manifesting itself -- it's no accident that you're facing an avalanche of criticism following that first trip you made to Guatemala and then to Mexico, she's declaring victory but it seems kind of hollow when the reality is so jarring compared to what she's actually accomplished.

  3. George Burns:

    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

  4. Mike Moniz:

    After the avalanche, I kinda took a step back and (realized) 'Wow, we are simply just guests in these mountains,' you really have no control.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Schrodinger's Cat is a classic example of Paradox, in my view. In actuality, it was a Gedankenexperiment or a Thought Experiment, created by Austrian Physicist Erwin Schrodinger in 1935. Not many folks are probably aware that Schrodinger himself called that experiment “a ridiculous case.” Here’s the "Schrodinger's Cat" in Schrodinger's own words: “A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): In a Geiger Counter, there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small, that perhaps in the course of the hour one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none. If it (i.e. decay) happens, the Geiger Counter discharges and through a relay releases a hammer that shatters a small flask of Hydrogen Cyanide. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has (undergone) radioactive decay.” So you see, the cat's life or death truly depends on the formation of a subatomic alpha particle that triggers off the avalanche of electrons in the Geiger Counter. There is an equal probability that it may not happen, and hence the cat should remain both alive and dead per Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. Philosophically speaking, Human Life is full of paradoxes, and we often find that the uncertainties therein bear a startling resemblance with Schrodinger's Cat experiment. The total randomness of events that shape our human lives, and determinedly control the outcome (i.e. future) can be extremely perplexing and equally thought-provoking as Schrodinger's Cat experiment....a pre-written and pre-destined Reductio ad absurdum perhaps!

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