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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

1. a sudden and violent collapse;
[syn: debacle, fiasco]

2. flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer;

3. a sound defeat;
[syn: thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing, slaughter, trouncing, whipping]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Debacle \De*ba"cle\, n. [F. d['e]b[^a]cle, fr. d['e]b[^a]cler to unbar, break loose; pref. d['e]- (prob. = L. dis) + b[^a]cler to bolt, fr. L. baculum a stick.] 1. (Geol.) 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 d['e]bris. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden breaking up or breaking loose; a violent dispersion or disruption; impetuous rush; outburst. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. a complete and ludicrous failure; a rout, as of an army; a great disaster; a fiasco. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

debacle n 1: a sudden and violent collapse [syn: debacle, fiasco] 2: flooding caused by a tumultuous breakup of ice in a river during the spring or summer 3: a sound defeat [syn: thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing, slaughter, trouncing, whipping]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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