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debacle


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Debacle  \De*ba"cle\,  n.  [F.  d['e]b[^a]cle,  fr  d['e]b[^a]cler  to 
  unbar,  break  loose;  pref.  d['e]-  (prob.  =  L.  dis)  +  b[^a]cler 
  to  bolt,  fr  L.  baculum  a  stick.]  (Geol.) 
  A  breaking  or  bursting  forth;  a  violent  rush  or  flood  of 
  waters  which  breaks  down  opposing  barriers,  and  hurls  forward 
  and  disperses  blocks  of  stone  and  other  d['e]bris. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Debacle  \De*ba"cle\,  n. 
  A  sudden  breaking  up  or  breaking  loose;  a  violent  dispersion 
  or  disruption;  impetuous  rush;  outburst. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  debacle 
  n  1:  a  sudden  and  violent  collapse  [syn:  {fiasco}] 
  2:  flooding  caused  by  a  tumultuous  breakup  of  ice  in  a  river 
  during  the  spring  or  summer 
  3:  a  sound  defeat  [syn:  {thrashing},  {walloping},  {drubbing},  {slaughter}, 
  {trouncing},  {whipping}] 




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