wa·​ter·​fall | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfȯl How to pronounce waterfall (audio) , ˈwä-\

Definition of waterfall

1a : a perpendicular or very steep descent of the water of a stream
b : an artificial waterfall (as in a hotel lobby or a nightclub)
2 : something resembling a waterfall

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Synonyms for waterfall


cascade, cataract, fall(s)

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Examples of waterfall in a Sentence

I used to like to throw sticks in the stream and watch them go over the waterfall.

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One of the most popular locations is California's Yosemite, known for its waterfalls, giant sequoias, and hiking trails. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Despite Increased Safety, People Keep Getting Hurt at Yosemite's Half Dome," 3 May 2019 Book a treatment in one of two open-air treehouses, followed by a moment or two in the Purification Gardens for warm and cool pools, waterfall showers, and steam pavilions. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Puerto Rico's Dorado Beach Is a Bit of Bali, Three Hours from Home," 12 Nov. 2018 Think of him as the J.M.W. Turner of America; he was known for his dazzling landscapes of saturated sunsets (basically the OG Clarendon filter), romantic waterfalls, and majestic mountains. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History Behind This Moorish-Style Home in Upstate New York," 3 May 2019 Until now, the best example of this was the Waterfall, a residential tower in Brisbane, Australia, Takada designed that boasts a nearly 400-foot high waterfall that runs the full length of the western part of the building. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Is This the Most Beautiful Museum Gift Shop in the World?," 19 Apr. 2019 In fact, an illustration of the garden's design was also released, revealing the inclusion of stepping stones, a rustic den, a waterfall, a camp fire, and a treehouse. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Designed a Gorgeous Garden to Inspire Families to Enjoy the Outdoors," 10 Feb. 2019 My favorite/hardest scene was on the top of a waterfall, the first time Kristen and Kelsey's characters really connect with each other. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "How Like Father Became Netflix's Unexpected Hit of the Summer," 21 Aug. 2018 They were airlifted to safety after being found in a canyon between two waterfalls, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Why You Should Always Pack a LifeStraw," 14 Apr. 2019 Ryne HollidayHawaii HideawaysHolliday has listings across the major islands, including plenty of beachfront homes with killer views and rural retreats, like one situated between two waterfalls. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of waterfall

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of waterfall was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of waterfall

: an area in a stream or river where running water falls down from a high place (such as over the side of a cliff)


wa·​ter·​fall | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfȯl How to pronounce waterfall (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of waterfall

: a fall of water from a height

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