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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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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They were airlifted to safety after being found in a canyon between two waterfalls, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Why You Should Always Pack a LifeStraw," 14 Apr. 2019 Ryne HollidayHawaii HideawaysHolliday has listings across the major islands, including plenty of beachfront homes with killer views and rural retreats, like one situated between two waterfalls. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Its centerpiece is a landscaped stream, created to manage stormwater, that would restore an often-dormant waterfall that flows nearby into the Mississippi. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 There’s a lot of videos of waterfalls and my young coworkers in traffic. . Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "How One Honolulu-Based Artist Gets Dressed to Work in Paradise," 7 Mar. 2019 After the storm passes, authorities will assess road and facility conditions to determine when Yosemite Valley, home to many of the park's picturesque waterfalls and cliffs, can reopen. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Yosemite Valley to close to visitors as powerful storm moves in," 6 Apr. 2018 The accident occurred after Scraper slipped and fell off the waterfall, according to the Vancouver Sun. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "3 YouTube Vloggers Die in Tragic Accident After Falling Over Waterfall in British Columbia," 6 July 2018 Meander along the streets that lead deeper down into the valley from the suburban center (with its train station and ski lifts) to the rushing waterfall at the center of town. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Tomer’s fatal fall was next to the famous 594-foot waterfall on the Merced River, the Mariposa County coroner’s office told the San Francisco Chronicle. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "An 18-Year-Old Died Reportedly While Taking a Selfie in Yosemite National Park," 7 Sep. 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 How to pronounce waterfall (audio) , ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of waterfall

: a fall of water from a height

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