—n. 1. a sudden, frenzied rush or headlong flight of a herd of frightened animals, esp. cattle or horses.
2. any headlong general flight or rush.
3. Western U.S., Canada.a celebration, usually held annually, combining a rodeo, contests, exhibitions, dancing, etc.
—v.i. 1. to scatter or flee in a stampede: People stampeded from the burning theater. 2. to make a general rush: On hearing of the sale, they stampeded to the store.
—v.t. 1. to cause to stampede.
2. to rush or overrun (a place): Customers stampeded the stores.