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de·ba·cle(dĭ-bä′kəl, -băk′əl, dĕb′ə-kəl)
1. A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
2. A total, often ludicrous failure.
3. The breaking up of ice in a river.
4. A violent flood.
1. (Military) a sudden disastrous collapse or defeat, esp one involving a disorderly retreat; rout
2. (Environmental Science) the breaking up of ice in a river during spring or summer, often causing flooding
3. (Environmental Science) a violent rush of water carrying along debris
[C19: from French débâcle, from Old French desbacler to unbolt, ultimately from Latin baculum rod, staff]
de•ba•cle(dəˈbɑ kəl, -ˈbæk əl, deɪ-)
1. a disaster or fiasco.
2. a general rout or dispersal of troops.
3. a breaking up of ice in a river.
[1795–1805; < French débâcle, derivative of débâcler to unbar, clear =dé- dis-1 + bâcler to bar « Latin baculum stick, rod]
debacle- Comes from French debacler, "to unbar, free," with the root sense being "to shatter with one's rod"; its original meaning was "a breaking-up of ice in a river" or a "sudden flood or rush of water carrying debris."
See also related terms for rush.
Debaclea confused rush or route; a violent rush of water.
Example: a debacle of water, 1823.
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|Noun||1.||debacle - a sudden and violent collapse|
collapse - a natural event caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; "the roof is in danger of collapse"; "the collapse of the old star under its own gravity"
|2.||debacle - flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer|
|3.||debacle - a sound defeat|
n → Debakel nt → (over bei)