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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The lower level of the home offers access to a serene outdoor terrace complete with a 15-foot stone waterfall, while the upper level is broken up into two landings, creating some separation in the living spaces. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Stunning modern home with outdoor waterfall asks $7.5M," 3 Aug. 2018 While there's no sign yet of fewer people visiting the popular destination, with its blue-green waterfalls, Arizona tourism could be getting a black eye in the process. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Incident with horse at Havasupai casts shadow on Arizona tourism," 10 May 2018 Outside, another pool, with its own waterfall, sits beside beautiful formal gardens. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Beyoncé and Jay Z Have Found Their New Los Angeles Home," 7 Oct. 2015 Also enjoy a day at leisure in this region, perhaps exploring some of the rainforest, or visiting a waterfall or plunge pool. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Six nights in Melbourne, Australia, for $2,069," 19 June 2018 Home & GardenOrnamental cherry trees bring a waterfall of blooms High Line plantings look like wild landscapes, but with greatly improved aesthetics. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Manhattan’s High Line park offers lessons for SF greenbelts," 15 June 2018 Performing tonight, Normani opted for a virtual waterfall of of soft curls flowing from her super-high ponytail. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Best Hair and Makeup Looks of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards," 20 May 2018 His wrists were wrapped with innumerable bracelets, a waterfall of necklaces hung from his neck to his chest. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Aerosmith sings for the years, laughter and tears at Jazz Fest 2018," 5 May 2018 Ombre drapes waterfall white to dark gray while an oval, black Bausman & Company table delivers classic, traditional lines and fills the large space. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 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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