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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 spate /ˈspet/
 氾濫,洪水,大雨,大量,一陣

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Spate n.  A river flood; an overflow or inundation.
 Gareth in a showerful spring
 Stared at the spate.   --Tennyson.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 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"; "it must
           have cost plenty" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good
           deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess,
            mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot,
            quite a little, raft, sight, slew, stack, tidy
           sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]
      2: a sudden forceful flow [syn: rush, surge, upsurge]
      3: the occurrence of a water flow resulting from sudden rain or
         melting snow [syn: freshet]