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 The backyard is peaceful and tranquil, featuring views of the falls, landscaping with a koi pond and waterfall feature, and a large stone patio with firepit. Joey Morona, cleveland, "1870 Victorian in Chagrin Falls historic district asks $1.795M: House of the Week," 9 Oct. 2020 Hedged and gated, the grounds also feature a private backyard with a massive patio alongside a swimming pool, spa and waterfall. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Armie Hammer seeks $5.8 million for stately Hancock Park Tudor," 28 Sep. 2020 Additional features include a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, multiple fireplaces, an infinity-edge pool with spa and waterfall, an outdoor kitchen and a private dock. Robyn A. Friedman, sun-sentinel.com, "Solar-powered home sets record asking price in West Palm Beach | Photos," 24 Sep. 2020 Then peer out at the lush greenery, the soothing stream and mini-waterfall. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Pandemic is perfect time to savor the gardens at St. Paul's Como Park," 18 Sep. 2020 Oregon’s tallest waterfall and one of the state’s most popular attractions is back open to the public, with a few new precautions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. oregonlive, "Multnomah Falls reopens to the public, with crowd limits, lines and a face mask mandate," 11 Aug. 2020 These activities include everything from swimming with sharks and manta rays, serene waterfall hikes, fishing expeditions, and even the chance to take part in coral reef restoration with Kokomo’s on-site marine biologist, Cliona O’Flaherty. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Rent This Entire Private Island Resort in Fiji for $65,000 a Night — Here's What It Includes," 8 Aug. 2020 The kitchen has granite counters and a sliding glass door with direct access to a deck overlooking a backyard that boasts perennial landscaping, concrete walkways, a hot tub, cabana, and an in ground pool with a waterfall. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Perfect home for entertaining in Baltimore County’s Middle River," 6 Oct. 2020 The 5,600-square-foot lodge with a waterfall in the living room sits on 256 remote acres in the Ozark Mountains. oregonlive, "Do you want to live under a rock until the election is over? See these rock abodes for rent," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of waterfall

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

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21 Oct 2020

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