Spate meaning

spāt
The definition of a spate is an unexpected rush or outpowering.

An example of a spate is an overflowing of angry words.

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Spate is a British term for a heavy rainstorm that results in flash floods.

An example of a spate is five feet of water in downtown London.

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A sudden flood, rush, or outpouring.
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An unusually large outpouring, as of words.
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A great number or quantity.

A spate of forest fires.

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A river flood; an overflow or inundation.
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A sudden rush or increase.
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Origin of spate

  • Middle English of unknown origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Of Celtic origin; compare Irish speid.
    From Wiktionary