Adjective "lava" definition and examples

(Lava may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈlɑːvə/

Definitions and examples

noun

Hot molten or semi-fluid rock erupted from a volcano or fissure, or solid rock resulting from cooling of this.
  1. count noun 'porphyritic lavas'
  2. 'Lightening crashed, thunder rolled, ash and molten lava spumed from the mountains.'
  3. 'For volcanic rocks which cool from molten lavas, this would seem to be a reasonable assumption.'
  4. 'From deep crevices we could feel the heat where lava had not as yet cooled from the last flow.'
  5. 'Other variants include feldspar-pyroxene-phyric lava and, rarely, aphyric lava.'
  6. 'Located at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula, Cheju has been shaped by volcanic lava.'
  7. 'Suppose that the mountain erupts, leaving lava around the countryside.'
  8. 'The sun was setting beyond dark cumulous clouds which took on the appearance of volcanoes edged with lava.'
  9. 'Back then, the hot ash, lava and ensuing mud flows killed more than a thousand people.'
  10. 'By contrast, lavas emitted by Hawaiian volcanoes can flow for upwards of miles - they flow like rivers.'
  11. 'The tuffs and lava were derived from a nearby andesitic volcanic centre.'

More definitions

1. the molten, fluid rock that issues from a volcano or volcanic vent.

2. the rock formed when this solidifies, occurring in many varieties differing greatly in structure and constitution.

More examples(as adjective)

"pants can be lava."

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Italian ( Neapolitan dialect), denoting the lava stream from Vesuvius, but originally denoting a stream caused by sudden rain, from lavare ‘to wash’, from Latin.