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 Over the years, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s C.E.O., has issued a cascade of apologies for the company’s privacy breaches, algorithmic biases, and promotion of hate speech, among other issues. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Facebook and the Normalization of Deviance," 2 May 2021 But unlimited pumping during the historic drought of 2012-16, and the 2007-09 drought before that, has set off a cascade of events that has proved disastrous. Los Angeles Times, "Wells dry up, crops imperiled, farm workers in limbo as California drought grips San Joaquin Valley," 26 Apr. 2021 This has become a particularly pressing issue in and around the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region, near the Mediterranean coast, where the recent cold snap followed a cascade of other crises linked to climate change. Washington Post, "French vineyards devastated by April frost that followed unusually warm March," 26 Apr. 2021 And when Sarkisian decided to kick a 24-yard field goal on fourth-and-two from the seven-yard line, a light cascade of boos rained down from the crowd. Stephen Wagner, Dallas News, "5 takeaways from Texas’ spring game: Longhorns’ quarterback battle is far from decided," 24 Apr. 2021 Researchers looked at fMRI readings and found that crying babies caused a cascade in a part of the brain related to attention and emotion. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Motherhood," 22 Apr. 2021 This year, Earth Day comes as a deadly pandemic took center stage and and climate change sparked a cascade of calamities from raging wildfires to a ferocious hurricane season. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Earth Day 2021: Celebrities who support environmental causes – and how you can help," 22 Apr. 2021 In addition to confronting the reality that Mexico stands alongside Brazil and the U.S. as one of the countries most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Lopez Obrador has had to deal with an unceasing cascade of smaller crises. Nathaniel Parish Flannery, Forbes, "Is President Lopez Obrador Destroying Mexico?," 19 Apr. 2021 The coronavirus pandemic touched off a cascade of events that led to the problems. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden tells execs US needs to invest, lead in computer chips," 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb She was obsessed with scooting the bowl across the floor, causing the water to cascade over the sides and onto the floor. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, "This $20 Spill-Proof Pet Bowl Has Saved My Floors," 1 Apr. 2021 Embroidered trapunto lilies, bedewed with seed pearls, cascade down the bodice; molten satin bubbles at the hem like a pool of candle wax. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "Ann Lowe’s Barrier-Breaking Mid-Century Couture," 22 Mar. 2021 Scientists hoped that positive climate tipping points might cascade across human societies. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 16 Mar. 2021 The change will also cascade into state tax systems, except for those that already lack income taxes or already exempt unemployment benefits from income. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Congress Is Poised to Upend Tax Season With New Break for Unemployment Benefits," 8 Mar. 2021 And when the inevitable increase in cases occurs (spring break is coming), that will cascade. Dallas News, "Letters to the Editor - Opening up Texas, ‘Eyes of Texas,’ For the People Act, Shingle Mountain, vaccine process," 4 Mar. 2021 Even relatively minor weather damage can quickly cascade into huge outages across the system. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "Rooftop solar could kill—or save—the Texas electric grid," 3 Mar. 2021 The decisions made at the previous levels cascade down to the individual marketing subfunctions (e.g., marketing operations, portfolio marketing, demand marketing), providing the strategic clarity that these leaders often times lack. Forrester, Forbes, "How B2B CMOs Can Respond To Their CEOs’ Need For Certainty," 26 Feb. 2021 Hikers can find Punch Bowl Falls, Tunnel Falls and Twister Falls along the trail, as well as the many spectacular unnamed falls and the dozens of seasonal plunges that cascade down the cliffs during the rainy season. oregonlive, "Hikers return to Eagle Creek Trail, as one of Oregon’s best hikes reopens after fire," 9 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of cascade was in 1641

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11 May 2021

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“Cascade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cascade. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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 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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