Meaning of AVALANCHE in English


n. & v.


1. a mass of snow and ice, tumbling rapidly down a mountain.

2 a sudden appearance or arrival of anything in large quantities (faced with an avalanche of work).


1. intr. descend like an avalanche.

2 tr. carry down like an avalanche.

Etymology: F, alt. of dial. lavanche after avaler descend

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.