spate  

  • Definition of spate

    • (n): the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow  
    • (n): a sudden forceful flow  
    • (n): (often followed by `of'') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty"  

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