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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Hike the Seven Sisters mountain chain to photograph panoramas of the North Sea; and explore the region's spectacular fjords by kayak, paddling beneath towering cliffs laced with waterfalls. National Geographic, "Norway High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Sycamore Valley Park: The childrens play area features a recreational fountain and a reflection pond with a waterfall. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "16 Splash Pads in the SF Bay Area keep kids cool," 12 June 2019 Complete with dramatic waterfall back drop in Iceland, 33-year-old Irina was pictured in a simple black swimsuit from Intimissimi, gazing pensively out onto a beautiful back drop and generally looking all kinds of incredible. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Irina Shayk Just Shared the Ultimate Post-Breakup Sexy Swimwear Photo," 11 June 2019 Though only 30,000 acres, Huerquehue is equally spectacular with its waterfalls, bamboo and fern tree forests, streams and mountains. Shivani Vora, Washington Post, "They’re both stunning. But one of these sites in Chile is less crowded and more affordable.," 6 June 2019 The airport is a destination itself, with an indoor waterfall, butterfly garden, and open-air decks and restaurants. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Back nine includes some memorable hillside holes and par-3 16th hole over a pond with an artificial waterfall. Scott Hanson, The Seattle Times, "Teeing Off: Auburn Golf Course delivers good value, and a fun back nine," 6 Aug. 2018 Given the conditions, our tour took some effort, but we were rewarded with views of soaring eagles, and a snack stop at a beach with a waterfall. BostonGlobe.com, "Four reasons to relocate to Cape Breton — if only for a few days (five, if you play golf)," 23 May 2018 One of the most popular locations is California's Yosemite, known for its waterfalls, giant sequoias, and hiking trails. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Despite Increased Safety, People Keep Getting Hurt at Yosemite's Half Dome," 3 May 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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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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