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Spate  n.  A river flood; an overflow or inundation. "Gareth in a showerful spring Stared at the spate."

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"Spate" Quotes from Famous Books

... that neither he nor McNamara was especially interested in personnel matters and that some of their early appointments in the personnel field were inappropriate—[20-37]the secretary and his assistants issued a spate of directives and policy memorandums and inaugurated a whole series of surveys and investigations. Yarmolinsky was later able to recall eleven major papers produced by the secretary's office during the first thirty months of McNamara's incumbency. Evans's more ...
— Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 • Morris J. MacGregor Jr.

... who never can be taught to ride,—to whom riding is, in fact, a physical impossibility; and these three are the aforesaid sailors and tailors, and dragoon officers. However, hand me the brandy bottle; and, Pegtop, spate me that black jack that you are rinsing—so. Useful commodity, a cup of this kind." here our friend dashed in a large qualifier of cognac, "it not only conceals the quality of the water, for you can sometimes perceive the animalculae hereabouts without a microscope, ...
— Tom Cringle's Log • Michael Scott

... the tree must lie. 'Tis over late for ME to roam, Yet the caged bird who hears the cry Of his wild fellows fleeting home, May feel no sharper pang than mine, Who seem to hear, whene'er I think, Spate in the stream, and wind in pine, Call me to quit dull Pen ...
— Grass of Parnassus • Andrew Lang

... And because he wouldna get up and fecht manfully, God had to tak him in han'. Ye've heard tell o' generals, when their troops war rinnin' awa', haein' to cut this man doon, shute that ane, and lick anither, till he turned them a' richt face aboot and drave them on to the foe like a spate! And the trouble God took wi' Jacob wasna lost ...
— Malcolm • George MacDonald

... and she's sailed west, Till she cam' to a narrow sea, The water ran like a river in spate, And the ...
— New Collected Rhymes • Andrew Lang

... be watchful to-day, lord, for that storm covers many miles of country, and the rain is falling in torrents; and, unless I am greatly mistaken, most of it will find its way into this river. Therefore must we be on our guard against a sudden spate, which may overwhelm us if ...
— Two Gallant Sons of Devon - A Tale of the Days of Queen Bess • Harry Collingwood

... first state; I never meant it to appear as a book. Knowing well that I have never had one hour of inspiration since it was begun, and have only beaten out my metal by brute force and patient repetition, I hoped some day to get a "spate of style" and burnish it—fine mixed metaphor. I am now so sick that I intend, when the Letters are done and some more written that will be wanted, simply to make a book of it by the pruning-knife. I cannot fight longer; I am sensible of having ...
— The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) • Robert Louis Stevenson

... student of Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, though not, curiously enough, of Bonnard, the modern artist with whose work his own has the closest affinity, and, for a year or two, suffered his personality to disappear almost beneath the heavy, fertilizing spate. He painted French exercises. He was learning. He has learnt. He can now express, not someone else's ideas, but himself, completely and with delicious ease, in the language of his age. He is a finished and ...
— Since Cezanne • Clive Bell

... tak' heart again, An' life i' the sun looks braw an' plain, Doun comes a jaw o' droukin' rain Upon their honours— God sends a spate out ower the ...
— The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 14 (of 25) • Robert Louis Stevenson

Words linked to "Spate" :   batch, mess, plenty, deal, pot, deluge, stack, flowing, muckle, flow, debris storm, upsurge, pile, heap, mint, lot, surge, mass, tidy sum, slew, great deal, inundation, flood, peck, debris surge, hatful, mickle, flock, mountain, haymow, raft, rush, sight

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