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cascade

noun cas·cade \ (ˌ)kas-ˈkād \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of cascade

1 : a steep usually small fall of water; especially : one of a series
2 a : 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.

Examples of cascade in a Sentence

  1. Her hair was arranged in a cascade of curls.

  2. That decision set off a cascade of events.

Recent Examples of cascade from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cascade

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

cascade Synonyms

Synonyms
waterfall, cataract, fall (s)
Related Words
flume; chute (also shute), rapid (s), shoot, white water

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cascade

verb

Definition of cascade

cascaded; cascading
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

Examples of cascade in a Sentence

  1. The water cascades over the rocks.

  2. Her hair cascaded down around her shoulders.

Recent Examples of cascade from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cascade


CASCADE Defined for English Language Learners

cascade

noun

Definition of cascade for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of cascade for English Language Learners

  • : to flow or hang down in large amounts


CASCADE Defined for Kids

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cascade

noun cas·cade \ ka-ˈskād \

Definition of cascade for Students

: a steep usually small waterfall

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cascade

verb

Definition of cascade for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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