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Definition (often followed by 'of') a large number or amount or extent;
or: a sudden forceful flow;
or: the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow
  • Multitudinous, carrying attaché-cases, dodging with incredible celerity in and out, they went past like a river in spate.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • A spate of dizziness caused Roran to lean over and prop himself against the block of stone.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • He downplayed its significance, joking about "battlefield promotions" and the recent spate of advancements, but he nevertheless looked pleased.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • In the meanwhile, I had found out that a spate of kissing lasts only just so long.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • The others moved to fill his place—Iblis demons weren't very bright—and Magnus hurled another spate of fiery spears.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • SisterJen wrote, and that was followed by a spate of disparaging remarks about Wasp's mental abilities.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • A spate of loud but indistinct shouting drew us all out onto the balcony.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Madam Pomfrey, the nurse, was kept busy by a sudden spate of colds among the staff and students.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • She did not wish this spate of business and self-advertisement checked.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • A spate of drownings by refugee children in Clarkston had prompted many of the landlords to drain their pools—hiring lifeguards was just too expensive.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Then, for a variety of reasons, there came a spate of deaths, promotions, resignations, retirements.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • The dark circles under her eyes were gradually fading, and she'd picked up some color during the recent spate of good weather.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • When he waked, the talk, still in spate, was more within his comprehension.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • A few seedy giants of the Strong Arm, who had been captured by the Orkney faction, turned up and said their homage, but the Lancelot contingent was a spate.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "It's, kof, the pie, noth—kof, pie." joff took another drink, or tried to, but all the wine came spewing back out when another spate of coughing doubled him over.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • They tried to pick lulls in the spate of animals but Bill's party was caught on the bluff above, where it had been cutting wood and throwing it down past the cave.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Rills of water began to run down; soon they grew to a spate that splashed and fumed on the stones, and spouted out over the cliff like the gutters of a vast roof.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • He had seen the Crawling Backwards Days and his gratitude to Mammachi and her family for all that they had done for him was as wide and deep as a river in spate.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • I later discovered, from potsherds and other relics I found—including a human skeleton uncovered by a spate of rain—that our land was inhabited in the distant past.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • North of the compound, the brook was in full spate, choked with leaves and bits of wood, but the scouts had found where the ford lay and the column was able to splash across.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings

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