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Spate   /speɪt/   Listen
Spate

noun
1.
(often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent.  Synonyms: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, stack, tidy sum, wad.  "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"
2.
A sudden forceful flow.  Synonyms: rush, surge, upsurge.
3.
The occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow.  Synonym: freshet.






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"Spate" Quotes from Famous Books



... awakened Marjorie had also roused Hamish. He awoke to hear the rain pouring down, and the burn rushing along in heavy spate. ...
— The Adventure League • Hilda T. Skae

... tree trunks and branches in the river. The snows had come away from the Sierras, and there was spate on Sacramento. We rode over one of the 'snags' with a shudder, and all our jack-easy Pilot said was, "Guess that'll take some 'f th' barnacles off 'r battum, bettr'r a week's sojerin' with the patent scrubber!" All the same he took very good care ...
— The Brassbounder - A Tale of the Sea • David W. Bone



Words linked to "Spate" :   flow, wad, debris surge, inundation, torrent, large indefinite amount, haymow, flowing, deluge, onrush, large indefinite quantity, flood, debris storm



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