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cascade

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noun cas·cade \(ˌ)kas-ˈkād\

Simple Definition of cascade

  • : a small, steep waterfall; especially : one that is part of a series of waterfalls

  • : a large amount of something that flows or hangs down

  • : a large number of things that happen quickly in a series

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cascade

  1. 1 :  a steep usually small fall of water; especially :  one of a series

  2. 2 a :  something arranged or occurring in a series or in a succession of stages so that each stage derives from or acts upon the product of the preceding <blood clotting involves a biochemical cascade> b :  a fall of material (as lace) that hangs in a zigzag line

  3. 3 :  something falling or rushing forth in quantity <a cascade of sound> <a cascade of events>

Examples of cascade in a sentence

  1. Her hair was arranged in a cascade of curls.

  2. That decision set off a cascade of events.



Origin and Etymology of cascade

French, from Italian cascata, from cascare to fall, from Vulgar Latin *casicare, from Latin casus fall


First Known Use: 1641


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cascade

verb cas·cade

Simple Definition of cascade

  • : to flow or hang down in large amounts

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cascade

cascaded

cascading

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to fall, pour, or rush in or as if in a cascade

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause to fall like a cascade

  5. 2 :  to connect in a cascade arrangement


CASCADE Defined for Kids

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cascade

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noun cas·cade \ka-ˈskād\

Definition of cascade for Students

  1. :  a steep usually small waterfall




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cascade

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verb cas·cade

Definition of cascade for Students

cascaded

cascading

  1. :  to flow or fall rapidly and in large quantity <Tears cascaded from the baby's eyes.>




Medical Dictionary

cascade

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noun cas·cade \(ˌ)kas-ˈkād\

Medical Definition of cascade

  1. :  a molecular, biochemical, or physiological process occurring in a succession of stages each of which is closely related to or depends on the output of the previous stage <a cascade of enzymatic reactions> <the cascade of events comprising the immune response>





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