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






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Spate" Quotes from Famous Books



... man, when you are a big man, and fish such a stream as that, you will hardly care, I think, whether she be roaring down in full spate, like coffee covered with scald cream, while the fish are swirling at your fly as an oar-blade swirls in a boat-race, or flashing up the cataract like silver arrows, out of the fiercest of the foam; or whether the fall be dwindled to a single thread, and the shingle below be as white ...
— The Water-Babies - A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby • Charles Kingsley

... he got a clearness in his mind, sat up in his sark on the bedside, and fell thinkin' ance mair o' the black man an' Janet. He couldnae weel tell how,—maybe it was the cauld to his feet,—but it cam' in upon him wi' a spate that there was some connection between thir twa, an' that either or baith o' them were bogles. And just at that moment, in Janet's room, which was neist to his, there cam' a stamp o' feet as if men were wars'lin', an' then a loud bang; an' then a wund gaed reishling ...
— Stories by English Authors: Scotland • Various

... explanation with a sharp spate of words in what I took to be German. Gootes answered with difficult slowness, but he fumbled and halted before long and abandoning the Central European, became again the Southern Gentleman. "I quite understand, mam, how any delicately reared ...
— Greener Than You Think • Ward Moore



Words linked to "Spate" :   debris surge, slew, deal, flock, mickle, pot, quite a little, pile, muckle, sight, onrush, torrent, flow, flood, large indefinite amount, wad, mass, heap, great deal, flowing, inundation, large indefinite quantity, rush



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