- a flood or inundation.
- a river flooding its banks.
- a sudden or heavy rainstorm.
- spastic ileus,
- spastic paralysis,
Origin of spate
Examples from the Web for spate
In cases such as a spate of recent suicides by adolescents who were bullied on Facebook, the perpetrators were well known.Outed Madeleine McCann Troll Kills Herself. But Millions Live On Online.|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She also blasted the spate of “Katherine Heigl-y type things where women…have no reason to exist other than to get a guy.”‘Clueless’: How the Greatest Clique of the ‘90s Transformed Into A Shakespearean Tragedy|Marlow Stern|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was followed in 2012 by a spate of media articles in the US trying to grab attention using similar headlines.
The protests are also a bonanza for the European Union, which has been suffering from a spate of bad PR recently.Ukraine’s Eurolution Is a PR Godsend for the Struggling E.U.|Vijai Maheshwari|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Kenya invaded Somalia in response to a spate of kidnappings in the fall of 2011.Slaughter in Nairobi: Bloody Siege in Shopping Mall Kills Dozens|Margot Kiser|September 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The elements roared and rocked; the valley was knee deep already in a spate of waters.Slaves of Mercury|Nat Schachner
It began with a perfect hurricane of wind, then it settled down to rain, till it became a perfect "spate."Our Home in the Silver West|Gordon Stables
But at least he was there to alarm, for its assault, borne down on the spate, would be worse by far than that of the timber.Gilian The Dreamer|Neil Munro
It was a hill stream coming down in spate, and, as I soon guessed, in a deep ravine.Greenmantle|John Buchan
He could boast that he was beaten not by columns but by two rivers in spate.A Handbook of the Boer War|Gale and Polden, Limited
Word Origin for spate
early 15c., originally Scottish and northern English, "a sudden flood, especially one caused by heavy rains or a snowmelt," of unknown origin. Perhaps from Old French espoit "flood," from Dutch spuiten "to flow, spout;" related to spout. Figurative sense of "unusual quantity" is attested from 1610s.