spate

A spate is a large number. If a spate of new coffee shops open in your neighborhood, it’ll be easy for you to stay wide awake. You’ll have easy access to plenty of caffeine.

Though it’s now used to describe a large number or unusually large amount of something, the word spate originally described a sudden flood of water, such as a river overflowing after a downpour. Thinking about being overwhelmed by a sudden rush of water will help you remember to use spate when you encounter an unexpected overflow of anything, whether it’s books, robberies, celebrity break-ups, or corporate mergers.

Definitions of spate
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n a sudden forceful flow

Synonyms:
rush, surge, upsurge
Types:
debris storm, debris surge
the sudden spread of dust and debris from a collapsing building
onrush
a forceful forward rush or flow
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

n (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
Types:
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent
an overwhelming number or amount
haymow
a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
Type of:
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude

n the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow

Synonyms:
freshet
Type of:
flow, flowing
the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)

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