Avalanche - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈævəlæntʃ|  American pronunciation of the word avalanche
Brit.  |ˈavəlɑːnʃ|  British pronunciation of the word avalanche

noun

- a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain
- a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things

verb

- gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow

Examples

He was buried by an avalanche.

The newcomer was greeted with an avalanche of publicity.

Two skiers were killed in the avalanche.

the program brought an avalanche of mail

...ignoring the avalanche warnings, the fatuous skiers continued on their course...

He narrowly escaped death in an avalanche.

The school received an avalanche of applications.

Word forms

noun
singular: avalanche
plural: avalanches
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