Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The sudden increment to or loss of riparian land by action of water or change in the bed of a stream. See 115 Mo. 145, 21 S. W. 913.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The removal of a considerable quantity of soil from the land of one man, and its deposit upon or Annexation to the land of another, suddenly and by the perceptible action of water. 2 Washb. Real Prop. 452. The property of the part thus separated continues in the original proprietor, in which respect avulsion differs from alluvion, by which an addition is insensibly made to a property by the gradual washing down of the rivor, and which addition becomes the property of the owner of the lands to which the addition is made. Wharton. And see Rees v. McDaniel, 115 Mo. 145, 21 S. W. 913; Nebraska v. Iowa, 143 U. S. 359, 12 Sup. Ch 396, 36 L. Ed. 186; Bouvier v. Strlcklett, 40 Neb. 792, 59 N. W. 550; Chicago v. Ward, 169 III. 392, 48 N. E. 927, 38 L. R. A. 849, 61 Am. St Rep. 185.