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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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 on the Web Any wall or fence can be covered with scenes ranging from sunsets, mountain ranges, golf courses, beaches, waterfalls and more. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Wall Sensations brings life to backyards by covering drab concrete with photographic murals," 12 Jan. 2020 Frozen waterfalls and sledding hill at Cascade Park - Lorain County Metro Parks Cascade Park in Elyria continues to thrill winter visitors. John Pana, cleveland, "Top 20 outdoor winter activities near Cleveland," 9 Jan. 2020 At night, the outdoor space comes alive with a computerized waterfall and light show. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles’ biggest home sales of 2019 hit the $150-million mark," 1 Jan. 2020 The gathering kitchen has an island with a quartzite waterfall and pull-up seating, as well as Thermador appliances, mirrored push-latch cabinets, two cabinet-front dishwashers and a Miele coffee system. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Contemporary River Oaks-area home combines English architecture, modern design," 28 Dec. 2019 An outdoorsy paradise of precipitous waterfalls and world-renowned surf spots, the island has never had trouble living up to its moniker. Rowan Moore Gerety, New York Times, "Why Hiking Beats Surfing on Réunion Island (Hint: Sharks!)," 28 Dec. 2019 The natural setting is breathtaking, with a serpentine road leading up a canyon, past a waterfall and then a small shrine. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019 The announcement trailer is full of waterfalls and lush forests and snow and other elements that look distinctly unlike the dark spaceship corridors of the original. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Henry Cavill reads a Witcher bedtime story, 2K confirms a new BioShock," 13 Dec. 2019 Countless waterfalls and lush tropical rain forests make the 600 hairpin curves and 59 one-lane bridges worth the trouble. Sarah Wesley Lemire, courant.com, "Aloha spirit in Hawaii: Maui and Kauai a perfect pairing," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of waterfall

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

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17 Jan 2020

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“Waterfall.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterfall. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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