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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