a sudden, frenzied rush or headlong flight of a herd of frightened animals, especially cattle or horses.
any headlong general flight or rush.
Western U.S., Canada. a celebration, usually held annually, combining a rodeo, contests, exhibitions, dancing, etc.
verb (used without object), stampeded, stampeding.
to scatter or flee in a stampede: People stampeded from the burning theater.
to make a general rush: On hearing of the sale, they stampeded to the store.
verb (used with object), stampeded, stampeding.
to cause to stampede.
to rush or overrun (a place): Customers stampeded the stores.

1815–25, Americanism; < American Spanish estampida, Spanish, equivalent to estamp(ar) to stamp + -ida noun suffix

stampeder, noun
unstampeded, adjective Unabridged
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stampede (stæmˈpiːd)
1.  an impulsive headlong rush of startled cattle or horses
2.  headlong rush of a crowd: a stampede of shoppers
3.  any sudden large-scale movement or other action, such as a rush of people to support a candidate
4.  (Western US), (Canadian) a rodeo event featuring fairground and social elements
5.  to run away or cause to run away in a stampede
[C19: from American Spanish estampida, from Spanish: a din, from estampar to stamp, of Germanic origin; see stamp]

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Word Origin & History

1828, from Mex.Sp. estampida, from Sp., "an uproar," from estamper "to stamp, press, pound," from Gmc. root of Eng. stamp (v.). The verb is from 1823. The political sense is first recorded 1846. As the name of an annual exhibition of cowboy skills in Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
it is attested from 1912.
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Example sentences
It was only the latest deadly stampede at a crowded soccer stadium.
The students were sneaking out, first one at a time, then a stampede.
The stampede might be almost as destructive as the fire.
As the aid convoy pulls into the camp, a stampede erupts.
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