1. A sudden frenzied rush of panic-stricken animals.
2. A sudden headlong rush or flight of a crowd of people.
3. A mass impulsive action: a stampede of support for the candidate.
v. stam·ped·ed, stam·ped·ing, stam·pedes
1. To cause (a herd of animals) to flee in panic.
2. To cause (a person or group) to act impulsively: He refused to be stampeded into making a rash decision.
3. To trample in a stampede.
1. To flee or rush in a stampede.
2. To act on mass impulse.
[Spanish estampida, uproar, stampede, from Provençal, from estampir, to stamp, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle English stampen, to pound, stamp.]
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