waterfall

noun
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

Synonyms

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 report came in before sunrise, sending members of the Niagara Parks Police scrambling to get to the thundering waterfalls early Tuesday. Allyson Chiu, BostonGlobe.com, "A man was swept over the largest waterfall at Niagara Falls, police say. He survived.," 10 July 2019 The report came in before sunrise, sending members of the Niagara Parks Police scrambling to get to the thundering waterfalls early Tuesday. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "A man was swept over Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls, police say. He survived.," 10 July 2019 When rains finally returned, the waterfall’s mosaic tiles were falling off and its pumps had been vandalized. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "A long-forgotten relic of old L.A. is restored and ready for its closeup," 3 July 2019 The waterfall is an easy 100-yard walk from the parking lot, but don’t stop there. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some of Wisconsin’s best parks are small county and city ones," 27 June 2019 The map lists all the waterfalls with their heights, state park information, cellphone-tower locations, mileage marked every five miles and what to know about hiking in all four seasons. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Arden Hills cartographer’s detailed, handmade maps are works of art — functional, too," 21 June 2019 These late openers are compressing summer visitors to Yosemite Valley, where the waterfalls are still roaring and parking places are difficult to find after 9 a.m. (and to Glacier Point). Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Snow thaw means Sierra campgrounds finally opening for summer," 20 June 2019 Set out by expedition landing craft and kayak to get close to the forested banks and the many dramatic waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. National Geographic, "Wild Alaska Escape: A Voyage from Juneau to Ketchikan," 17 June 2019 More all-inclusive beach bargains can be found at Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort nearby the waterfalls in Ocho Rios, where nightly rates start at $137 per person, compared to $196 during peak season. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer on sale in the Caribbean: Stay at luxurious resorts at a huge discount," 11 June 2019

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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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waterfall

noun

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)

waterfall

noun
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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