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[land-slahyd] /ˈlændˌslaɪd/
noun, Also called, especially British, landslip
[land-slip] /ˈlændˌslɪp/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 2).
the downward falling or sliding of a mass of soil, detritus, or rock on or from a steep slope.
the mass itself.
an election in which a particular victorious candidate or party receives an overwhelming mass or majority of votes:
the 1936 landslide for Roosevelt.
any overwhelming victory:
She won the contest by a landslide.
verb (used without object), landslid, landslid or landslidden, landsliding.
to come down in or as in a landslide.
to win an election by an overwhelming majority.
Origin of landslide
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; land + slide
Can be confused
avalanche, landslide. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When Sears tried to follow the Indian shot him, and he's buried out there somewhere beneath that landslide.

    Frank Merriwell's Pursuit Burt L. Standish
  • I was nearly killed in a landslide, and now the men who saved me from that are done for.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • With quarreling and subdued grinding sounds the rushing flood of landslide material went past, followed by an offensive smell.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • And a great pity the way he dropped off and had his mine lost by a landslide.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • And then came another distant rumble, showing that the earthquake, or landslide, was not yet at an end.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for landslide


Also called landslip
  1. the sliding of a large mass of rock material, soil, etc, down the side of a mountain or cliff
  2. the material dislodged in this way
  1. an overwhelming electoral victory
  2. (as modifier): a landslide win
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for landslide

1856, American English, from land (n.) + slide (n.). Earlier was landslip, still preferred in Britain. Old English used eorðgebyrst in this sense; literally "earth-burst." In the political sense, landslide "lopsided electoral victory" is attested from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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landslide in Science
  1. The rapid downward sliding of a mass of earth and rock. Landslides usually move over a confined area. Many kinds of events can trigger a landslide, such as the oversteepening of slopes by erosion associated with rivers, glaciers, or ocean waves; heavy snowmelt which saturates soil and rock; or earthquakes that lead to the failure of weak slopes.

  2. The mass of soil and rock that moves in this way.

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