Spate Spate, n. [Of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. speid.] A river flood; an overflow or inundation. --Burns. [1913 Webster]

Gareth in a showerful spring Stared at the spate. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

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  • spate — I noun abundance, cataract, deluge, flood, outburst, profusion, rush, torrent II index plethora Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • spate — (n.) early 15c., originally Scottish and northern English, a sudden flood, especially one caused by heavy rains or a snowmelt, of unknown origin. Perhaps from O.Fr. espoit flood, from Du. spuiten to flow, spout; related to SPOUT (Cf. spout).… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • spate — ► NOUN 1) a large number of similar things or events coming in quick succession. 2) chiefly Brit. a sudden flood in a river. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

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