cas·​cade | \ (ˌ)kas-ˈkād How to pronounce cascade (audio) \

Definition of cascade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a steep usually small fall of water especially : one of a series
2a : 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 (such as lace) that hangs in a zigzag line and that is used especially in clothing and draperies
3 : something falling or rushing forth in quantity a cascade of sound a cascade of events Her hair was arranged in a cascade of curls.


cascaded; cascading

Definition of cascade (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fall, pour, or rush in or as if in a cascade The water cascaded over the rocks. Her hair cascaded down around her shoulders.

transitive verb

1 : to cause to fall like a cascade
2 : to connect in a cascade arrangement

Synonyms for cascade

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cascade in a Sentence

Noun Her hair was arranged in a cascade of curls. That decision set off a cascade of events. Verb The water cascades over the rocks. Her hair cascaded down around her shoulders.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Experts describe wound healing as a cascade of events. Dr. Mark Abdelmalek, ABC News, 9 Aug. 2022 The recipient tilts back their head and opens their mouth wide as a thin cascade of liquid arcs through the air into the back of their throat. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Aug. 2022 When the heart stops beating, blood flow is cut off from the body in a process called ischemia and a cascade of biochemical effects begins. Evan Bush, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2022 So there's a story to illustrate the cascade of a stress concentration causing pain and worse even in a simple example of laying in bed. Greg Presto, Men's Health, 14 July 2022 Here’s his closing remarks and the cascade of boos. Shannon Larson,, 20 June 2022 Burning jet fuel at 35,000 feet sparks a molecular cascade in the troposphere. Wired, 28 July 2022 The explosion is invariably spectacular: a gigantic spewing fireball, often followed by a slow-motion airborne cascade of secondary blasts. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2022 Among those is the 3-mile Lost Canyon Trail, which passes through a small sandstone canyon and leads to Stephens Falls, a 20-foot cascade that trickles over a mossy rockface. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 21 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But financial regulators and experts say the measure’s impact would cascade through the industry and beyond. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, 3 July 2022 Outside, meanwhile, four separate decks cascade down the stern. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 June 2022 Some expect the fallout to cascade into future elections. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 June 2022 However unlikely that may feel at the moment, Western nations should recognize that if the stigma against using nuclear weapons is somehow broken, the situation could quickly cascade into something much larger and more menacing. James Broughel, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Give it room to cascade down the sides of planters or hanging baskets, and keep it watered. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 26 May 2022 Mitigation efforts adopted in urban areas can cascade into other areas and have positive effects across transport, energy, buildings, land use, and behavior. Laurie Winkless, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Supply chains give companies a unique power to cascade environmental best practices across the economy, driving action at scale. Paul Simpson, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 At midnight on the West Coast, yellow and black balloons cascade onto the packed dance floor. Karen Schoemer, SPIN, 1 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cascade


1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1702, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cascade

Noun and Verb

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

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15 Aug 2022

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cas·​cade | \ ka-ˈskād How to pronounce cascade (audio) \

Kids Definition of cascade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a steep usually small waterfall


cascaded; cascading

Kids Definition of cascade (Entry 2 of 2)

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


cas·​cade | \ (ˌ)kas-ˈkād How to pronounce cascade (audio) \

Medical Definition of cascade

: 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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