wa·ter·fall | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfȯl, 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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The waterfall is 150 feet high and sits on National Forestry Service land, adjacent to Gorges State Park. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Teen who fell July 4th at NC's Rainbow Falls latest in series of waterfall tragedies," 4 July 2018 These majestic waterfalls are one of the main attractions of the southern region in Costa Rica. Yasmin Harisha, Fox News, "Wanna jump from waterfalls in Costa Rica? This group takes tourists to do just that," 13 June 2018 Wes has his waterfall of luxurious hair to thank for that last stunning attribute. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Splitting Up Together Is The Family Comedy Done Right," 27 Mar. 2018 One explained that Casa Vicens was originally surrounded by an extensive garden with its own waterfall. Paul Boorstin, latimes.com, "A door opens into the early vision of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona," 11 Mar. 2018 The waterfalls are beautiful in virtually any season, especially when frozen in winter, but other activities include canoeing, kayaking, eagle watching and winter sports, depending on the season. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 relaxing campground getaways outside of Chicago," 8 Mar. 2018 Hamilton Pool Preserve, located about 30 miles west of Austin, is known for its picturesque 50-foot waterfall and the cool water inside it. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Start reserving your Hamilton Pool visits now," 2 Mar. 2018 The waterfalls are on the Havasupai Indian Reservation, managed by the Havasupai tribe. Amy B Wang, azcentral, "It's nearly impossible to get a permit for the Havasupai waterfalls. Here's why," 22 May 2016 Jjust a few days ago, three popular YouTubers died while standing on the edge of a waterfall in British Columbia. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "A Shark Took a Bite Out of This Instagram Model’s Arm While She Was Posing for a Beach Shot in the Bahamas," 11 July 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, ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of waterfall

: a fall of water from a height

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