stampede definition by Webster's New World
- a sudden, headlong running away of a group of frightened animals, esp. horses or cattle
- a confused, headlong rush or flight of a large group of people
- any sudden, impulsive, spontaneous mass movement: a stampede to support a candidate
Origin: American Spanish estampida ; from Spanish a crash, uproar ; from estampar, to stamp ; from Germanic an unverified form stampjan, stamp
- to cause to stampede
- to make a headlong charge at or upon as a group: panicked patrons stampeded the exits
- stampeder noun
stampede definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A sudden frenzied rush of panic-stricken animals.
- A sudden headlong rush or flight of a crowd of people.
- A mass impulsive action: a stampede of support for the candidate.
- To cause (a herd of animals) to flee in panic.
- To cause (a crowd of people) to act on mass impulse.
- To flee in a headlong rush.
- To act on mass impulse.
Origin: Spanish estampida, uproar, stampede, from Provençal, from estampir, to stamp, of Germanic origin.
- stam·pedˈer noun