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 The result has been a complicated cascade of splits, sales and financial collapses. New York Times, "Congress Saves Coal Miner Pensions, but What About Others?," 24 Dec. 2019 Pansies, roses, daffodils, delphinium; her garden was a cascade of blossoms and color. courant.com, "Marilyn L. Spencer," 10 Nov. 2019 His presidency has been a nonstop cascade of failure, misconduct, malfeasance and blunders. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Trump to Congress: Impeach me!," 17 Oct. 2019 This cascade effect helps the whole supply chain even if some companies don’t sell to the marquee names. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Investors Love Phone Gimmicks, Even If Users Don’t," 6 Oct. 2019 Heavy snow in the cascades: ❄❄❄ Snow is coming to the High Cascades! oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Brief breaks before heavy rain arrives by evening," 11 Dec. 2019 And the cascade of events happens so fast that no one has time to react. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Why the New Zealand volcano eruption caught the world by surprise," 9 Dec. 2019 Beam has filed initial paperwork for a public offering aiming to raise $100 million, according to a new SEC filing, making it the latest genomic specialist to join the cascade of IPOs in the space. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The Latest CRISPR Gene Editing Firm Preparing to Go Public: Brainstorm Health," 30 Sep. 2019 Target's recent partnership illustrates the cascade of Disney toys and apparel that was a nearly $5 billion business last year. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "How will Target's new Disney shops compare with J.C. Penney's," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From above, though, the cascading terraces are like an enormous piece of lace laid over the sandy earth. USA TODAY, "MLK, robot unemployment, Python Bowl: News from around our 50 states," 14 Jan. 2020 The cascading crisis has disrupted the global aviation industry, cost the company billions of dollars and led to the ouster of its chief executive. David Gelles, New York Times, "Another employee wrote: “I honestly don’t trust many people at Boeing.”," 10 Jan. 2020 The comments from Oregon’s senior senator came just two days after President Donald Trump authorized an air strike killing a top Iranian military commander, leading to cascading threats of retaliation and counterattacks by each nation. oregonlive, "Sen. Ron Wyden calls for vigorous congressional oversight amid escalating conflict with Iran," 6 Jan. 2020 Opt for a totally different aesthetic with these icicle-like cascading lights that blink by sequence, like a meteor shower for your front door. Popular Science, "Twinkling lights to brighten up every space," 3 Jan. 2020 Directly ahead: a waterfall that cascades tastefully over three silver letters: SHA. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Here's Why Spain's Sha Wellness Clinic Is One of the Best Spas in the World," 25 Dec. 2019 The spa, for instance, with its polished stepping stones, waterfalls, and cascading vines, leads to a spherical yoga dome where classes are regularly held. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Fantastical World of Art and Hospitality in the Heart of Tulum’s Jungle," 23 Dec. 2019 Meghan left her hair loose and casual in cascading waves. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Channeled Princess Diana in a Purple Aritzia Dress at the One Young World Summit," 22 Oct. 2019 Additionally, inside there’s a 12-foot internal cascading waterfall as well as a car showroom, which can fit up to 10 vehicles. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "The Biggest Home Ever Built in the Hollywood Hills Sells for $35.5 Million — See Inside!," 13 Dec. 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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The first known use of cascade was in 1641

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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cascade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cascade?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=cascad01. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for cascade

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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