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Definition 1: the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for spate in the sense of this definition

(spate is a kind of ...) the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

Definition 2: a sudden forceful flow - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for spate in the sense of this definition

(spate is a kind of ...) the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

(... is a kind of spate ) the sudden spread of dust and debris from a collapsing building

"the destruction of the building produced an enormous debris surge"

(... is a kind of spate ) a forceful forward rush or flow

"from the bow she stared at the mesmerising onrush of the sea where it split and foamed" "the explosion interrupted the wild onrush of her thoughts"

Definition 3: (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where spate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a batch of letters
  • a deal of trouble
  • a lot of money
  • he made a mint on the stock market
  • see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
  • it must have cost plenty
  • a slew of journalists
  • a wad of money

Synonyms for spate in the sense of this definition

(spate is a kind of ...) an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude

(... is a kind of spate ) an overwhelming number or amount

"a flood of requests" "a torrent of abuse"

(... is a kind of spate ) a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation

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