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Spate   /speɪt/   Listen

(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"
A sudden forceful flow.  Synonyms: rush, surge, upsurge.
The occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow.  Synonym: freshet.

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"Spate" Quotes from Famous Books

... would be rattling among the plates on the dresser, Dan would be bending over and speaking to the lass, and looking into her eyes, and the gruff old father saying never a word, and the two sons arguing where it was that Dan had jumped the Nourn burn when the bridge was carried away with the big spate. And when we had our fill o' eating, we followed Ronny up the Glen, for Dan would ken how the hogs were doing there now he was this length, and so we tracked through the Glen, leaving Finlay Stuart's house behind us. As we passed I ...
— The McBrides - A Romance of Arran • John Sillars

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

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