cascade

noun
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.

cascade

verb
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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Colby’s frankness about unhinged secret programs, which led to his removal from office later that year, triggered a cascade of headlines. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 19 Aug. 2019 Recommendation of the Week: Dishonored by Arkane Studios, on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 A knife in the dark, a cascade of cruel magics, and an intimidating mask. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Nintendo Is Taking Down YouTube Archives of Its Music," 16 Aug. 2019 In humans, blue light triggers a cascade of health effects—including disrupting sleep—by interrupting normal cycling of the hormone melatonin. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "These fish eggs aren't hatching. The culprit? Light pollution.," 9 July 2019 Go for a dip in the pool at the base of the cascade and refuel with a picnic lunch. National Geographic, "Hawai‘i Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 As The Fanatic cascades into a spiral of ugly violence in its final act, Hunter’s arrogance seems just as responsible as Moose’s sense of fan entitlement. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The Fanatic has an out-there performance from John Travolta and not much else," 3 Sep. 2019 If those goals include weight loss, the odds for success might seem long, given the cascade of holidays just around the corner. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Fresh start in the fall," 31 Aug. 2019 As with the Molokai Ranch closure, the cascade effects on small, local businesses would be extreme. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 31 Aug. 2019 The incidents were setting off a cascade of major delays on the already struggling subway system, affecting hundreds of trains and thousands of commuters. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "He Has 17 Transit Arrests. Now It’s a Subway ‘Surfing’ Charge.," 4 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The whoosh from a passing truck cascades over your face. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "You can rent mopeds in D.C. now. We hopped on one to see how fast they go.," 20 Aug. 2019 Water cascades off the rooftop pool deck down the tower via glass panels. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Is This the Most Beautiful Museum Gift Shop in the World?," 19 Apr. 2019 On waterways like the Carrao River, a tributary of which cascades over the falls, gold hunters huddle onto rafts to scoop silt into tubs before lacing it with mercury to draw out tiny quantities of gold. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 This can have cascading effects on the entire food chain, Sullivan says. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "What the Amazon fires mean for wild animals," 23 Aug. 2019 Designed to blend into the surrounding scenery, the Park was landscaped with 33,000 flowering plants, cascading down the rooftops and terraces. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Istria Has All the Beauty of the Mediterranean and None of Croatia's Crowds," 16 Aug. 2019 But if web services implement the tool on their server side, an attack could potentially have these larger, cascading effects. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Hidden Algorithm Flaws Expose Websites to DoS Attacks," 8 Aug. 2019 But forest fires are only one part of the cascading effects of climate change. Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, "Fires, floods (and even bugs) are challenging Russia's stance on the climate crisis," 6 Aug. 2019 By August 1970, Applegate was living in a home in Scottsdale that had a lighted artificial waterfall cascading down a backyard cliff. AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles files: Were the popular Hobo Joe's coffee shops connected to the Mafia?," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of cascade

Noun

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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5 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for cascade

The first known use of cascade was in 1641

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cascade

noun
How to pronounce cascade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cascade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

cascade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cascade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to flow or hang down in large amounts

cascade

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

Kids Definition of cascade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a steep usually small waterfall

cascade

verb
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.

cascade

noun
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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