1 a fast flow, rush, or outpouring
a spate of words
2 (Chiefly Brit) a sudden flood
the rivers were in spate
3 (Chiefly Brit) a sudden heavy downpour
(C15 (Northern and Scottish): of unknown origin)
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
deluge, flood, flow, outpouring, rush, torrent
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
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