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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.]
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]
1. a sudden, almost overwhelming outpouring.
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.
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|Noun||1.||spate - (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"|
good deal, great deal, hatful, lot, muckle, passel, peck, mickle, mint, quite a little, slew, tidy sum, wad, stack, raft, mountain, pile, plenty, mass, batch, heap, deal, flock, pot, mess, sight
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 flow |
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 snow|
2. Something suggestive of running water: