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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Read more: Trapped at a waterfall, this man sent out an SOS message in a bottle. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "A fourth-grader was teased for his homemade University of Tennessee logo. Then UT made his drawing into a real shirt.," 9 Sep. 2019 The shuttles, which ferry millions of people each year to Yosemite’s storied waterfalls and mountain vistas, simply haven’t kept up with demand, the latest review said. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite’s review of park concessionaire Aramark slams it for poor service," 28 Aug. 2019 Along with the streams, the Wilton property had views of a pond, a waterfall, and expanses of open and wooded terrain. Wendy Goodman, Town & Country, "See Inside Jazz Great Dave Brubeck's Groovy Connecticut Home," 28 Aug. 2019 Iceland's breathtaking landscapes of glaciers and waterfalls, and an economy that's largely dependent on natural resources, make the country particularly vulnerable to climate change. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Icelanders can't remember a hotter summer. It's nice, and worrying," 27 Aug. 2019 Andrew tearing a hole through the stage, his heartbeat racing, the sweat pouring from him like a waterfall, blood gushing from his hands and staining the cymbals and drum-heads...Everything a BLUR... SI.com, "Arrigo Sacchi: The Game That Made the AC Milan Legend One of the Greatest Managers of All Time," 15 Aug. 2019 Start at Copper Falls and follow the 1.7-mile Doughboys Trail around the park’s two biggest waterfalls, Copper and Brownstone. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When you visit Copper Falls, check out this hidden gem of a waterfall nearby," 15 Aug. 2019 The socks come in six versatile colors, like waterfall (denim blue), flamingo (salmon pink), and onyx (dark gray). Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Allbirds "Trino" Socks Are the Perfect Accessory to the Brand's Iconic Sneakers," 13 Aug. 2019 Wander through grassy meadows and over rocky outcrops to waterfalls, ascend through a forest of balsam firs to the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi or tackle the Appalachian Trail. Amy Tara Koch, Dallas News, "These four mountain getaways are worth a peak," 13 Aug. 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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