wa·​ter·​fall ˈwȯ-tər-ˌfȯl How to pronounce waterfall (audio)
: a perpendicular or very steep descent of the water of a stream
: an artificial waterfall (as in a hotel lobby or a nightclub)
: something resembling a waterfall

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 Located in the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite is known for its waterfalls, grand meadows and giant sequoias, according to the National Park Service. Redwood National Park, a Northern California spot that’s home to the tallest trees on earth, was No. 15 on Travel + Leisure’s list. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 12 July 2024 The Crater of Haleakala is a major tourist attraction in the park, which also features waterfalls and a bamboo forest. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 11 July 2024 Along the way are many opportunities to do half-, full-, and multi-day hikes to waterfalls and trails for horseback riding and mountain biking. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 9 July 2024 The breathtaking view of the waterfall and the peaceful sound of the rushing waters make the trek well worth every step. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 7 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for waterfall 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of waterfall was before the 12th century

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“Waterfall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterfall. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


wa·​ter·​fall ˈwȯt-ər-ˌfȯl How to pronounce waterfall (audio)
: a fall of water usually from a great height

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