An example of avalanche is a glacier that splits from a cliff face and hurdles down the side of a mountain.
An example of avalanche is getting an unusually large amount of mail on a certain day.
Received an avalanche of mail.
An avalanche of mail, of blows, etc.
The shelf broke and the boxes avalanched the workers.
Origin of avalanche
- French Provençal lavanca ravine perhaps ultimately from Latin lābī to slip
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French, from Franco-Provençal (Savoy) avalançhe, blend of aval ‘downhill’ and standard lavençhe, from Vulgar Latin *labanka (cf. Occitan lavanca, Italian valanga), alteration of Late Latin labina ‘landslide’ (cf. Franco-Provençal (Dauphiné) lavino, Romansch lavina), from Latin labi ‘to slip, slide’.