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 Hopefully more people will support his Kentucky waterfall ... Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 8 Oct. 2021 The fan overhead and the small pond and waterfall in front of me have just enough of a cooling effect to make life tolerable outside. Cori Brown, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 11 July 2021 The oversized master suite leads to an infinity-edge spa and waterfall. Ellen Paris, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Move inside and an indoor waterfall that flows over a back-lit onyx wall in the main salon cements the first impressions. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Oct. 2021 The elevated patio has a waterfall, stone hearth, and a Jacuzzi. Lia Picard, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 Shara, rosy lips and a waterfall of almond-pink tulle, brushing past refreshments on her way to the door. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2021 The paved trail that takes hikers to the top of Multnomah Falls will be closed for the first part of this fall, just as the busy season ends at Oregon’s tallest waterfall. oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2021 Pendergraff pulled a reporter aside to see a picturesque pond and small waterfall beside his patio. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 7 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of waterfall

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

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“Waterfall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterfall. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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