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Definition of "avalanche" []

  • A fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside. (noun)
  • A massive or overwhelming amount; a flood: received an avalanche of mail. (noun)
  • To fall or slide in a massive or overwhelming amount. (verb-intransitive)
  • To overwhelm; inundate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "avalanche" in a sentence
  • "Whatever doubts the professor may have had were swept away in what he called an "avalanche of congratulations"."
  • "Just last month, a Post editorial on the Norway massacres sparked what the newspaper itself called an "avalanche" of critical comments and letters condemning the paper for what readers saw as having offered justification for the terrorism."
  • "That is 4 Super Delegates to endorse not 3 This is what we call a avalanche of supers He has gotton almost 30 supers in 1 week he only needs 146 Delegates to win the nomination Hopefully that will come to close after Kentucky and Oregon vote."