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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Avalanche  \Av"a*lanche`\  (?;  277),  n.  [F.  avalanche,  fr  avaler 
  to  descend,  to  let  down  from  aval  down  downward;  ?  (L.  ad) 
  +  val,  L.  vallis,  valley.  See  {Valley}.] 
  1.  A  large  mass  or  body  of  snow  and  ice  sliding  swiftly  down 
  a  mountain  side  or  falling  down  a  precipice. 
 
  2.  A  fall  of  earth,  rocks,  etc.,  similar  to  that  of  an 
  avalanche  of  snow  or  ice. 
 
  3.  A  sudden,  great,  or  irresistible  descent  or  influx  of 
  anything 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  avalanche 
  n  1:  a  slide  of  large  masses  of  snow  and  ice  and  mud  down  a 
  mountain 
  2:  a  sudden  appearance  of  an  overwhelming  number  of  things 
  "the  program  brought  an  avalanche  of  mail" 
  v  :  of  snow  masses  in  the  mountains  [syn:  {roll  down}] 




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