verb (used without object), av·a·lanched, av·a·lanch·ing.
verb (used with object), av·a·lanched, av·a·lanch·ing.
Origin of avalanche
Examples from the Web for avalanche
Horst Ulrich, a 72-year-old German on a trek with a group of friends, watched four Nepali guides swept away by an avalanche.
It was an avalanche in lower Manhattan, reaching 2.4 on the Richter scale.
And after enough snowflakes of conflict comes the avalanche.
Many of the other Nepali Sherpas working on the mountain witnessed the avalanche as it covered their friends and fellow workers.
They had a son named Nima, but Lopsang was soon swallowed by an avalanche on the Lhotse Face.
The Alps have the avalanche, “the thunderbolt of snow,” and the glaciers, those icy Niagaras so beautiful and grand.
Fastolfe's hard-driven battle-corps raged on like an avalanche toward the waiting advance-guard.Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc|Mark Twain
He overheard the examination of a man who wished to drive one of the "avalanche" wagons, as they call them.Medical Essays|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
But one chance left—'mid these misfortunes vast,Looming like avalanche upon their prey,— "Treason!"The Strife of the Roses and Days of the Tudors in the West|William Henry Hamilton Rogers
They were the three foremost in the line and felt the first effects of the avalanche.True Tales of Mountain Adventures|Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond
British Dictionary definitions for avalanche
- a fall of large masses of snow and ice down a mountain
- a fall of rocks, sand, etc
Word Origin for avalanche
Word Origin and History for avalanche
1763, from French avalanche (17c.), from Romansch (Swiss) avalantze "descent," altered (by metathesis of -l- and -v-, probably influenced by Old French avaler "to descend, go down") from Savoy dialect lavantse, from Provençal lavanca "avalanche," perhaps from a pre-Latin Alpine language (the suffix -anca suggests Ligurian). As a verb, from 1872.