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av·a·lanche

 (ăv′ə-lănch′)
n.
1. A fall or slide of a large mass of material, especially of snow, down a mountainside.
2. A massive or overwhelming amount; a flood: received an avalanche of mail.
v. av·a·lanched, av·a·lanch·ing, av·a·lanch·es
v.intr.
To fall or slide in a massive or overwhelming amount.
v.tr.
To overwhelm; inundate.

[French; akin to Provençal lavanca, ravine, perhaps ultimately from Latin lābī, to slip.]

avalanche

(ˈævəˌlɑːntʃ)
n
1. (Physical Geography)
a. a fall of large masses of snow and ice down a mountain
b. a fall of rocks, sand, etc
2. a sudden or overwhelming appearance of a large quantity of things: an avalanche of letters.
3. (General Physics) physics a group of ions or electrons produced by a single ion or electron as a result of a collision with some other form of matter
vb
to come down overwhelmingly (upon)
[C18: from French, by mistaken division from la valanche, from valanche, from (northwestern Alps) dialect lavantse; related to Old Provençal lavanca, of obscure origin]

av•a•lanche

(ˈæv əˌlæntʃ, -ˌlɑntʃ)

n., v. -lanched, -lanch•ing. n.
1. a mass of snow, ice, etc., detached from a mountain slope and sliding or falling suddenly downward.
2. anything like an avalanche in suddenness and overwhelming quantity: an avalanche of mail.
3. a cumulative ionization process in which the ions and electrons of one generation undergo collisions that produce a greater number of ions and electrons in succeeding generations.
v.i.
4. to come down in or like an avalanche.
v.t.
5. to overwhelm with a large amount of anything.
[1755–65; < French < dial. (Savoy) avalantse]

av·a·lanche

(ăv′ə-lănch′)
The fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down the side of a mountain.

avalanche


Past participle: avalanched
Gerund: avalanching

Imperative
avalanche
avalanche
Present
I avalanche
you avalanche
he/she/it avalanches
we avalanche
you avalanche
they avalanche
Preterite
I avalanched
you avalanched
he/she/it avalanched
we avalanched
you avalanched
they avalanched
Present Continuous
I am avalanching
you are avalanching
he/she/it is avalanching
we are avalanching
you are avalanching
they are avalanching
Present Perfect
I have avalanched
you have avalanched
he/she/it has avalanched
we have avalanched
you have avalanched
they have avalanched
Past Continuous
I was avalanching
you were avalanching
he/she/it was avalanching
we were avalanching
you were avalanching
they were avalanching
Past Perfect
I had avalanched
you had avalanched
he/she/it had avalanched
we had avalanched
you had avalanched
they had avalanched
Future
I will avalanche
you will avalanche
he/she/it will avalanche
we will avalanche
you will avalanche
they will avalanche
Future Perfect
I will have avalanched
you will have avalanched
he/she/it will have avalanched
we will have avalanched
you will have avalanched
they will have avalanched
Future Continuous
I will be avalanching
you will be avalanching
he/she/it will be avalanching
we will be avalanching
you will be avalanching
they will be avalanching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been avalanching
you have been avalanching
he/she/it has been avalanching
we have been avalanching
you have been avalanching
they have been avalanching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been avalanching
you will have been avalanching
he/she/it will have been avalanching
we will have been avalanching
you will have been avalanching
they will have been avalanching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been avalanching
you had been avalanching
he/she/it had been avalanching
we had been avalanching
you had been avalanching
they had been avalanching
Conditional
I would avalanche
you would avalanche
he/she/it would avalanche
we would avalanche
you would avalanche
they would avalanche
Past Conditional
I would have avalanched
you would have avalanched
he/she/it would have avalanched
we would have avalanched
you would have avalanched
they would have avalanched

avalanche

A great mass of snow that suddenly slides down a slope.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avalanche - a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountainavalanche - a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain
slide - (geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.
lahar - an avalanche of volcanic water and mud down the slopes of a volcano
2.avalanche - a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things; "the program brought an avalanche of mail"
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent - an event that happens
Verb1.avalanche - gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snowavalanche - gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow
come down, descend, go down, fall - move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"

avalanche

noun
1. snow-slide, landslide, landslip, snow-slip Four people died when an avalanched buried them alive last week.
2. large amount, barrage, torrent, deluge, inundation He was greeted with an avalanche of publicity.
Translations
إنْهِيار ثَلْجياِنْهِيار ثَلْجِيّ
lavina
lavinesneskred
lumivyöry
lavina
lavina
snjóflóî
なだれ
사태
griūtislavina
lavīna
lavína
lavin
หิมะถล่ม
sự lở tuyết

avalanche

[ˈævəlɑːnʃ] Navalancha f (fig) → torrente m, avalancha f

avalanche

[ˈævəlɑːntʃ] n
(lit)avalanche f
(fig)avalanche f

avalanche

n (lit, fig)Lawine f

avalanche

[ˈævəlɑːnʃ] nvalanga

avalanche

(ˈӕvəlaːnʃ) noun
a fall of snow and ice down a mountain. Two skiers were buried by the avalanche.

avalanche

اِنْهِيار ثَلْجِيّ lavina lavine Lawine χιονοστιβάδα avalancha lumivyöry avalanche lavina valanga なだれ 사태 lawine snøskred lawina avalanche лавина lavin หิมะถล่ม çığ sự lở tuyết 雪崩
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world-- everything to a dead world, where avalanches, rolling from the summits of the mountains, would disperse noiselessly at the bottom of the abyss, retaining the motion, but wanting the sound.
Had they remained within they would have been safe, for a ledge above the house parted the avalanche so that it was diverted into two paths and swept past the house on either side.
It was necessary to let the French reach Shamshevo quietly without alarming them and then, after joining Dolokhov who was to come that evening to a consultation at a watchman's hut in the forest less than a mile from Shamshevo, to surprise the French at dawn, falling like an avalanche on their heads from two sides, and rout and capture them all at one blow.
But at this moment his eyes closed involuntarily, to receive more resolutely the terrible avalanche which was about to fall on his head, and to engulf his life.
I fell under that titular avalanche a torn and blighted thing.
And as to contending for a reform short of that, it is like asking for a bit of an avalanche which has already begun to thunder.
From the first stir of the air felt on his cheek the gale seemed to take upon itself the accumulated impetus of an avalanche.
Amid this tornado, an entire caravan, disorganized, broken, and overthrown, was disappearing beneath an avalanche of sand.
How much of the fall of the avalanche is in their anger?
The passion that awoke in him that day, when he saw her at the gate, swept along like an avalanche, or like a prairie fire, or like anything that drives headlong over all obstacles.
The bases of the mountains forming the gorge in which the little village lay, were richly green; and high above this gentler vegetation, grew forests of dark fir, cleaving the wintry snow-drift, wedge-like, and stemming the avalanche.
His proofs were corrected; and the volume was to come out among the publications of the early spring, when the public might be supposed to have recovered from the avalanche of Christmas books.