cascade

noun
cas·​cade | \(ˌ)kas-ˈkād \

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

cataract, fall(s), waterfall

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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

Months of downpours unleashed cascades of mud and water, washing away neighborhoods and killing 162. Barbara Fraser, Discover Magazine, "Understanding the Amazon By Digging Into the Ground Beneath It," 28 Sep. 2018 There was a cascade of bad news for Walker over the weekend. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "Wisconsin’s Walker tries to alter conversation amid bad news," 10 Sep. 2018 The 165-foot Big Manitou Falls is the fourth highest waterfall east of the Rockies, and 31-foot Little Manitou is a beautiful twin cascade. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "April snow extends downhill and cross-country skiing season in Wisconsin," 19 Apr. 2018 The teased hair is practically sky high, while pieces left out cascade in soft curls to just below her shoulder. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Appears on the September "Vogue Brazil" Cover," 29 Aug. 2018 Fuel is loaded, lines are purged, cascades of water that dampen sound and vibration are opened. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "4 Things You Need to Know About SpaceX's Launchpad Disaster," 1 Sep. 2016 Each hanger holds eight pairs of boots and displays them vertically so that one pair cascades over the other. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "The Best Way To Store Your Fall Boots," 14 Sep. 2015 In the long run, the cascade of consequences places individuals who have experienced early trauma at risk for academic or occupational failure, substance abuse, and health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Dylan Gee, Vox, "I study kids who were separated from their parents. The trauma could change their brains forever.," 20 June 2018 Evans reports the cascade into Kapoho Bay is releasing toxic steam mixed with tiny particles of glass. CBS News, "Hawaii volcano lava destroys more homes, including Big Island mayor's," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hardworking Nassella tenuissima’s upright green tufts turn to flaxen cascades perfect for softening up stone paths. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "Fall’s Best Blade Plans," 5 Oct. 2018 In his first public comments since delivering the 568-page report last week, Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee that cascading errors in judgment by top Justice and FBI officials seriously endangered the reputations of both institutions. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Senate judiciary panel grills Justice inspector general, FBI director on Clinton email probe," 18 June 2018 One of the courthouse’s prime architectural features — an exterior reflecting pool and cascading waterfalls visible in tiers from Broward Boulevard — have been turned off and left dry for years. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "With new Fort Lauderdale federal courthouse funded, Nelson says it's now West Palm Beach's turn," 28 Mar. 2018 And that not only includes a 5-floor staircase with a gigantic pearl necklace-lookalike sculpture cascading down the center from artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, but also a two-room VIP suite, as well as couches and rugs made of their signature tweed. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Chanel's New Flagship Store Will Sell Limited-Edition Bags, Fragrances, and Watches," 15 Nov. 2018 Water features like a concrete bridge to the entryway and a cascading waterfall near the pool area help soften the exterior steel. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Donald Wexler-designed desert gem yours for $3.5M," 14 Nov. 2018 The exotic three-story, built in 1987, features a recording studio, a movie theater, an indoor spa and a central atrium with cascading waterfalls and a retractable glass roof. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Hot Property Newsletter: Music makes the world go round," 9 June 2018 Just last season, Chanel created a rainforest inside the historic site, equipped with large-scale cascading waterfalls and jungle foliage. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Chanel Outdoes Itself Again With Cruise-Themed Fashion Show," 4 May 2018 Note the cascading flowers, hanging lanterns, and lots of of extra-large candles. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Gwyneth Paltrow Just Shared the First Photos From Her Wedding to Brad Falchuk," 2 Nov. 2018

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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

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

Verb

see cascade entry 1

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The first known use of cascade was in 1641

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cascade

noun

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 \

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 \

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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