Definition of spate in English:
1 [usually in singular] A large number of similar things or events appearing or occurring in quick succession: a spate of attacks on travelers
More example sentences
- After a spate of attacks in March and April this year, bookmakers have become increasingly successful in fending off attacks.
- With greed left to take its course, a spate of scandals has erupted among foundations and charities.
- Technology stocks took a fresh battering after a spate of US profit warnings spread gloom across world financial markets.
late Middle English (originally Scots and northern English in the sense 'flood, inundation'): of unknown origin.
in (full) spate
- (Of a river) overflowing due to a sudden flood.Example sentences
- Should the river be swollen in spate, it is one of the best places in Scotland to witness the true magic of the spectacular leaping antics of the genuine wild Atlantic salmon.
- Not long ago, one used to spot plaques in many parts of the city, depicting the highest flood level of the river in spate.
- Many of the local rivers were in spate especially the Owveg River.