Meaning of AVALANCHE in English


[av.a.lanche] n [F, fr. F dial. lavantse, avalantse] (1771) 1: a large mass of snow, ice, earth, rock, or other material in swift motion down a mountainside or over a precipice

2: a sudden great or overwhelming rush or accumulation of something "office workers tied down with an ~ of paperwork"

3: a cumulative process in which photons or accelerated charge carriers produce additional photons or charge carriers through collisions (as with gas molecules)

[2]avalanche vb -lanched ; vi (1872): to descend in an avalanche ~ vt: overwhelm, flood

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