Definition of waterfall
1a : a perpendicular or very steep descent of the water of a streamb : an artificial waterfall (as in a hotel lobby or a nightclub)
2 : something resembling a waterfall
Examples of waterfall in a Sentence
I used to like to throw sticks in the stream and watch them go over the waterfall.
Recent Examples of waterfall from the Web
The former NL MVP slashed a fastball over Trout’s head in center field and one-hopped it off the rocky waterfall.
Just past the third lighthouse and the first waterfall — in English, Wedding Veil Falls — is the La Martre Lighthouse.
The backflow also temporarily created the tallest waterfall recorded in the state of Louisiana, at 150 to 164 feet, depending on the source.
Our subways are so scenic, like a tropical waterfall.
Sounds like a blossoming flower that grows at the base of a gorgeous waterfall, doesn’t it?
The Radys turned a ceremonial valve to activate the exhibit’s signature 65-foot waterfall.
There is a sparkling lake in the valley, and the rushing sound of a hidden waterfall off to our right.
Her dark hair waterfalls to her shoulders in soft arcs and curls.
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First Known Use of waterfall
before 12th century
WATERFALL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of waterfall for English Language Learners
: an area in a stream or river where running water falls down from a high place (such as over the side of a cliff)
WATERFALL Defined for Kids
Definition of waterfall for Students
: a fall of water from a height
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