from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
- n. A total, often ludicrous failure.
- n. The breaking up of ice in a river.
- n. A violent flood.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously, often with humiliating consequences.
- n. A breaking up of a natural dam, usually made of ice, by a river and the ensuing rush of water.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A breaking or bursting forth; a violent rush or flood of waters which breaks down opposing barriers, and hurls forward and disperses blocks of stone and other débris.
- n. A sudden breaking up or breaking loose; a violent dispersion or disruption; impetuous rush; outburst.
- n. a complete and ludicrous failure; a rout, as of an army; a great disaster; a fiasco.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Specifically, the breaking up of ice in a river in consequence of a rise of the water.
- n. A confused rout; an uncontrollable rush; a stampede.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer
- n. a sudden and violent collapse
- n. a sound defeat
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