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landslide

[land-slahyd] /ˈlændˌslaɪd/
noun, Also called, especially British, landslip
[land-slip] /ˈlændˌslɪp/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 1, 2).
1.
the downward falling or sliding of a mass of soil, detritus, or rock on or from a steep slope.
2.
the mass itself.
3.
an election in which a particular victorious candidate or party receives an overwhelming mass or majority of votes:
the 1936 landslide for Roosevelt.
4.
any overwhelming victory:
She won the contest by a landslide.
verb (used without object), landslid, landslid or landslidden, landsliding.
5.
to come down in or as in a landslide.
6.
to win an election by an overwhelming majority.
Origin of landslide
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; land + slide
Can be confused
avalanche, landslide.
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Examples from the Web for landslip
Historical Examples
  • He was killed by a landslip in the pit, when he was barely forty years old.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • "Mrs. Henchman wanted us all to walk to the landslip this afternoon," she said.

    The Girls of St. Olave's Mabel Mackintosh
  • We don't want to sit staring down the landslip till they arrive.

    The Girls of St. Olave's Mabel Mackintosh
  • Audrey had to come back with her and I went on to the landslip to find you.

    The Girls of St. Olave's Mabel Mackintosh
  • The first thing we did was to go back to our camp and see the effect of the landslip.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • Here there had been a landslip, and the entire face of the cliff was laid bare.

    Shifting Winds R.M. Ballantyne
  • Athens, however, was on a landslip, falling; none could arrest it.

  • “Unless it has been swept off by some landslip,” suggested Bourne.

    The Peril Finders George Manville Fenn
  • His head might come up some day above ground in a landslip with his hand pointing.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • On one occasion a landslip imprisoned a number of miners in their workings.

British Dictionary definitions for landslip

landslide

/ˈlændˌslaɪd/
noun
1.
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
2.
  1. an overwhelming electoral victory
  2. (as modifier): a landslide win
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Word Origin and History for landslip
n.

1670s, from land (n.) + slip (n.).

landslide

n.

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.

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landslip in Science
landslide
  (lānd'slīd')   
  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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