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NOUN (3)

1. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent;
- Example: "a batch of letters"
- Example: "a deal of trouble"
- Example: "a lot of money"
- Example: "he made a mint on the stock market"
- Example: "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"
- Example: "it must have cost plenty"
- Example: "a slew of journalists"
- Example: "a wad of money"
[syn: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad]

2. a sudden forceful flow;
[syn: rush, spate, surge, upsurge]

3. the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow;
[syn: freshet, spate]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

spate n 1: (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"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad] 2: a sudden forceful flow [syn: rush, spate, surge, upsurge] 3: the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or melting snow [syn: freshet, spate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

258 Moby Thesaurus words for "spate": Niagara, abundance, acres, affluence, afflux, affluxion, ample sufficiency, ampleness, amplitude, army, asperse, avalanche, bags, barrels, batch, befoul, belch, bespatter, bespot, blacken, bonanza, bountifulness, bountiousness, brash, bumper crop, burst, burst of rain, bushel, cascade, cataclysm, cataract, cloudburst, cluster, cohue, concourse, confluence, conflux, considerable, copiousness, countlessness, course, crosscurrent, crowd, crush, current, deal, debouchment, defame, defluxion, deluge, denigrate, dissiliency, douse, downfall, downflow, downpour, drencher, drift, driftage, embarras de richesses, enough, eructation, eruption, extravagance, extravagancy, exuberance, fertility, flare-up, flock, flood, flooding, flow, flowing, fluency, flux, foison, fresh, freshet, full measure, fullness, galaxy, generosity, generousness, gobs, good deal, great abundance, great deal, great plenty, gush, gushing rain, heap, heaps, heavy rain, horde, host, inflow, inundation, jam, jet, landslide, lashings, lavishness, legion, liberality, liberalness, load, loads, lot, lots, luxuriance, mass, maximum, mess, mill run, millrace, mint, mob, money to burn, more than enough, mountain, much, multitude, myriad, myriads, numerousness, ocean, oceans, onrush, onset, onward course, oodles, opulence, opulency, outbreak, outburst, outflow, outflowing, outpouring, overabundance, overaccumulation, overbounteousness, overcopiousness, overdose, overflow, overlavishness, overluxuriance, overmeasure, overmuchness, overnumerousness, overplentifulness, overplenty, overpopulation, overprofusion, oversufficiency, oversupply, pack, panoply, peck, pile, piles, plash, plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plenty, plethora, pot, pour, press, prevalence, prodigality, productiveness, profuseness, profusion, progression, quantities, quantity, quite a little, rabble, race, raft, rafts, rain, rainburst, rainspout, rainstorm, rapids, redundancy, repleteness, repletion, rich harvest, rich vein, richness, riot, riotousness, river, rout, ruck, run, rush, scads, scud, sea, series, set, shower, sight, slew, slews, slop, slosh, slur, smear, soaker, soaking rain, sparge, spew, spit, splatter, splosh, splurge, splutter, spout, spurt, spurtle, stack, stacks, stream, substantiality, substantialness, succession, superabundance, superfluity, superflux, surge, swash, teemingness, throng, tide, tidy sum, tons, torrent, torrent of rain, traduce, trend, undercurrent, undertow, volcan, volume, wad, wads, water flow, waterflood, waterspout, wealth, whole slew, world, worlds