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Avalanche Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things; "the program brought an avalanche of mail"
  • a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain
  • of snow masses in the mountains

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain ,
  • a sudden appearance of an overwhelming number of things; "the program brought an avalanche of mail"

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Avalanche Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


An avalanche is a phenomenon of nature. It is linked to snow. When there is a lot of snow on a mountain, some of the snow may come down the mountain, for some reason. This is then called an avalanche. People talk about avalanches because they may be dangerous to skiers, and other people doing winter sports.

Big avalanches may carry stones,boulders and trees with them. They may bury people under them. If the people are not found rapidly enough by rescue teams they will die of suffocation (not getting enough air) or of hypothermia (freezing cold).

The chance of surviving an avalanche is as follows:

In Europe, the avalanche risk is widely rated on the following scale, which was adopted in April 1993 to replace the earlier non-standard national schemes. Descriptions were last updated in May 2003 to enhance uniformity pdf.



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* No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. - George Burns


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Avalanche Sample Sentences in News


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  • In "Force Majeure," avalanche parallels couple's fragile marriage
    An avalanche seems like the right metaphor for trouble that starts small, gathers momentum and ultimately threatens to wipe out the peaceful balance of a posh Scandi couple's ski vacation Read more on this news related to 'Avalanche'

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