landslide

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n landslide a slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff
    • n landslide an overwhelming electoral victory "Roosevelt defeated Hoover in a landslide"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Landslide An election victory in which the winning candidate receives a substantial majority of the votes, usually meaning at least ten per cent more than any opposing candidate.
    • Landslide Any overwhelming victory.
    • Landslide The land which slips down.
    • Landslide The slipping down of a mass of land from a mountain, hill, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n landslide A falling or sliding down of a mass of soil, detritus, or rock on a mountain-side. The less destructive land-slides occur when gravel, sand, and other detrital material resting on a slope become so permeated with water that they can no longer resist the action of gravity. The more destructive land-slides are generally due to the slipping of a part of the solid rock of the mountain, in consequence of the softening of some more permeable layer in a mass of which the strata have a suitable inclination. Some such land-slides have been appalling in their results: as, for instance, that which took place at Plurs, north of Lake Como, in 1618, by which many persons perished, and stately buildings were buried to a depth of 100 feet or more. The falling of part of the eminence called Cape Diamond in Quebec in 1889 destroyed many buildings and many lives. The word land-slip is occasionally used for land-slide, as also the term rock-avalanche. Also called earth-fall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Landslide a portion of land that falls down, generally from the side of a hill, usually due to the undermining effect of water
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Quotations

  • Joseph Kennedy
    Joseph Kennedy
    “Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.”

Idioms

Landslide victory - A landslide victory is a victory in an election by a very large margin.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. land; Dut., Ger. land.

Usage

In literature:

This dislodged larger stones, and soon the landslide was under way.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
Well, that is where the big landslide took place an' buried the Landslide Mine an' my claim out o' sight.
"Dave Porter in the Gold Fields" by Edward Stratemeyer
They thought it was time to protect the forests that we might not have floods, landslides, and forest fires.
"The Story of Wool" by Sara Ware Bassett
They followed the ledge road to a section where a landslide of an earlier season had choked it.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
The election was a Republican landslide, and in March, 1901, Roosevelt entered his new duties.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
There was a landslide in 1890.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
Ages ago there had been a landslide, filling the little gully with enormous boulders.
"The Boys of Crawford's Basin" by Sidford F. Hamp
There had been something of a landslide, and big rocks covered the footpath for a distance of a hundred feet or more.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
They resembled Alpine tourists, arrived on a landslide.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
In the lowland zone heavy and constant rains caused landslides in the lines of defense and shelters.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
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In poetry:

Here will be echoes in the mountains,
The distant landslides' rumbling boom,
The rocks, the dwellings in the village,
The sorry little inn, the gloom
"Here will be echoes in the mountains..." by Boris Pasternak

In news:

A landslide toppled an elementary school building in a mountainous southwest China county on Thursday, burying 18 pupils and killing at least five of them, a state news agency said.
He was re-elected by a landslide .
Officials say the Trans-Canada Highway in eastern Newfoundland will not reopen until work can be done to fix a rock wall after a landslide on Saturday.
The RCMP say the Trans-Canada Highway in eastern Newfoundland has been shut down because of a landslide .
Bob Dylan says he thinks President Barack Obama is going to win a landslide .
Buster Posey wins National League MVP in a landslide .
San Francisco Giants' catcher Buster Posey expected to win NL MVP in a landslide .
It was more like a narrow landslide .
Miguel Cabrera wins MVP Award in landslide .
Thursday's MLB roundup: Mets' R.A. Dickey wins NL Cy Young in landslide .
Precinct analysis shows legal marijuana initiative passes by a landslide on Bainbridge Island.
NEW CASTLE — Neshannock Avenue Extension was closed for about 90 minutes Sunday following a landslide .
A Landslide Loss for Big Money.
"Three Strikes and You're Out" — that's the no-nonsense message California voters sent to repeat felons when the nation's toughest sentencing law passed by a landslide in 1994.
Ricky Silvers will take his place as Chief Magistrate Judge in Gordon County after a landslide defeat over Democrat Scott Haynes in Tuesday's voting.
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In science:

Among them are landslides, earthquakes, forest fires, and turpidities.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Is there a winner? Perhaps not by a landslide, but even so! The answer depends on who you ask, and how they order the unmixed |n ¯n >, |s¯s > and |gg > states.
Summary of Experimental Meson Physics
Some examples of such complex systems or phenomena are: The economy, the stock-market, the weather, ant colonies, earthquakes, traffic jams, living organisms, ecosystems, turbulence, epidemics, the immune system, river networks, landslides, zebra stripes, sea-shell patterns, and heartbeats.
Complexity: An Introduction
United Russia (UR) won the parliamentary elections with a result of 49.31%, while Vladimir Putin defeated his rivals with a landsliding figure of 63.60%.
Statistical anomalies in 2011-2012 Russian elections revealed by 2D correlation analysis
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