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spate

 (spāt)
n.
1. A sudden flood, rush, or outpouring: "It issues a spate of words from the loudspeakers and the politicians" (Virginia Woolf).
2. Chiefly British
a. A flash flood.
b. A freshet resulting from a downpour of rain or melting of snow.
c. A sudden heavy fall of rain.

[Middle English, of unknown origin.]

spate

(speɪt)
n
1. a fast flow, rush, or outpouring: a spate of words.
2. (Physical Geography) chiefly Brit a sudden flood: the rivers were in spate.
3. (Physical Geography) chiefly Brit a sudden heavy downpour
[C15 (Northern and Scottish): of unknown origin]

spate

(speɪt)

n.
1. a sudden, almost overwhelming outpouring.
2. Brit.
a. a flood.
b. a river flooding its banks.
c. a sudden or heavy rainstorm.
[1400–50; late Middle English (north), of obscure orig.]

spate

- A sudden flood or rush, an outpouring.
See also related terms for rush.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spate - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extentspate - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent - an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
haymow - a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
2.spate - a sudden forceful flowspate - a sudden forceful flow    
flow, flowing - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
debris storm, debris surge - the sudden spread of dust and debris from a collapsing building; "the destruction of the building produced an enormous debris surge"
onrush - a forceful forward rush or flow; "from the bow she stared at the mesmerising onrush of the sea where it split and foamed"; "the explosion interrupted the wild onrush of her thoughts"
3.spate - the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snowspate - the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
flow, flowing - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

spate

noun flood, flow, torrent, rush, deluge, outpouring the current spate of scandals

spate

noun
1. A sudden or rapid flowing outward:
2. Something suggestive of running water:
3. Chiefly British. An abundant, usually overwhelming flow or fall, as of a river or rain:
Translations

spate

[speɪt] N
1. (fig) → torrente m, avalancha f; [of burglaries] → serie f
2. to be in (full) spate [river] → estar (muy) crecido

spate

[ˈspeɪt] n
(= series) → vague f
a spate of [+ attacks, scandals] → une vague de
to be in spate [river] → être en crue

spate

n (of river)Hochwasser nt; (fig, of letters, orders etc) → Flut f; (of burglaries, accidents)Serie f; (of words, abuse)Schwall m; the river is in (full) spateder Fluss führt Hochwasser; a spate of wordsein Wortschwall m; a spate of excited talkaufgeregtes Stimmengewirr

spate

[speɪt] n (of letters, orders) → valanga; (of words, abuse) → torrente m; (of accidents) → gran numero
to be in spate (river) → essere in piena
References in classic literature ?
Now the spates are banked and deep; now the footless boulders leap-- Now the lightning shows each littlest leaf-rib clear-- But thy throat is shut and dried, and thy heart against thy side
I managed to make out the road by means of occasional ruins of its villas and fences and lamps, and so presently I got out of this spate and made my way to the hill going up towards Roehampton and came out on Putney Common.
When he waked, the talk, still in spate, was more within his comprehension.
She did not wish this spate of business and self-advertisement checked.
In this steady rain the springs of the mountain were broken up; every glen gushed water like a cistern; every stream was in high spate, and had filled and overflowed its channel.
para]]Winner Tony Spates Received $5,000 and a Free One-Year Membership[[/para]]
However, the effects of spates are likely mediated by other factors, such as habitat.
Tweed tributaries containing grayling were suffering massive spates early this week with all prospects of sport washed out.
By Sports Reporter/Doha Larry Blair and Eugene Spates led Al Gharafa in their 94-77 win over Qatar Sports Club in the second round of the Qatar Basketball League here yesterday.
During the rains we cannot sit in the rooms in these quarters as spates upon spates of seepage turn the room into mini water tank, said a group of residents.
During the rains we can not sit in the rooms in these quarters as spates upon spates of seepage turn the room into mini water tank, said a group of residents.