noun \-ˌfl\

: an area in a stream or river where running water falls down from a high place (such as over the side of a cliff)

Full Definition of WATERFALL

a :  a perpendicular or very steep descent of the water of a stream
b :  an artificial waterfall (as in a hotel lobby or a nightclub)
:  something resembling a waterfall

Examples of WATERFALL

  1. <I used to like to throw sticks in the stream and watch them go over the waterfall.>

First Known Use of WATERFALL

before 12th century

Related to WATERFALL


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Area where flowing river water drops abruptly and nearly vertically. A waterfall may also be termed a falls, or, when large volumes of water are involved, a cataract. Waterfalls of small height and less steepness or a series of small falls are called cascades. Still gentler stretches of river that exhibit turbulent flow and white water are called rapids.


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