waterfall

noun wa·ter·fall \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfȯl , ˈwä- \
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of waterfall

1 a : 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

Examples of waterfall in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of waterfall

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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waterfall Synonyms

Synonyms

cascade, cataract, fall(s);

Related Words

flume;

chute (also shute), rapid(s), shoot, white water;


WATERFALL Defined for English Language Learners

waterfall

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

waterfall

noun wa·ter·fall \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfȯl , ˈwä- \

Definition of waterfall for Students

: a fall of water from a height


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