cas·​cade | \ (ˌ)kas-ˈkād How to pronounce cascade (audio) \

Definition of cascade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a steep usually small fall of water especially : one of a series
2a : something arranged or occurring in a series or in a succession of stages so that each stage derives from or acts upon the product of the preceding blood clotting involves a biochemical cascade
b : a fall of material (such as lace) that hangs in a zigzag line and that is used especially in clothing and draperies
3 : something falling or rushing forth in quantity a cascade of sound a cascade of events Her hair was arranged in a cascade of curls.


cascaded; cascading

Definition of cascade (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fall, pour, or rush in or as if in a cascade The water cascaded over the rocks. Her hair cascaded down around her shoulders.

transitive verb

1 : to cause to fall like a cascade
2 : to connect in a cascade arrangement

Synonyms for cascade

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cascade in a Sentence

Noun Her hair was arranged in a cascade of curls. That decision set off a cascade of events. Verb The water cascades over the rocks. Her hair cascaded down around her shoulders.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the other hand, Tune can be pick prone at times, so a turnover cascade isn’t out of the question. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2022 For example, a cascade of seven hydropower dams along the the Nam Ou River in Laos has displaced Indigenous communities that depended on local ecosystems for their livelihoods. Blake Alexander Simmons, The Conversation, 20 Sep. 2021 The Huntsville airport had just been voted the nation’s best small airport – a celebration event that included a cascade of falling balloons and champagne on ice. Paul Gattis |, al, 2 Sep. 2022 The response triggers a regenerative cascade of events, but without the harmful side effects of real deprivation. Adam Popescu, WIRED, 17 Aug. 2022 Second, the grip puts your wrists in a more stable position that initiates a cascade of postural changes. Men's Health, 15 Aug. 2022 While the issuance of the warrant has been the subject of broad speculation and has touched off a cascade of angry responses from Trump's allies, few know what's in the document Reinhart signed. Jane Musgrave, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2022 Shortly after cardiac arrest, blood stops coursing through the body, resulting in a lack of oxygen and nutrient circulation that sets off a cascade of events leading to cellular death and organ injury. Marthe Fourcade, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2022 The collision created a cascade of smaller events between the two. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Streamlined and efficient processes that eliminate all slack and downtime now mean unforeseen disruptions can quickly cascade into operational catastrophes. Fortune, 15 Aug. 2022 The 164-footer sports a collection of asymmetric aft decks that cascade down to the water, as reported by Boat International. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 20 July 2022 So one catastrophic event can cascade into another, triggering a chain reaction of calamities, each of which on its own might seem a remote possibility. James Broughel, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 But financial regulators and experts say the measure’s impact would cascade through the industry and beyond. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, 3 July 2022 Outside, meanwhile, four separate decks cascade down the stern. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 June 2022 Some expect the fallout to cascade into future elections. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 June 2022 However unlikely that may feel at the moment, Western nations should recognize that if the stigma against using nuclear weapons is somehow broken, the situation could quickly cascade into something much larger and more menacing. James Broughel, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Give it room to cascade down the sides of planters or hanging baskets, and keep it watered. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cascade


1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1702, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cascade

Noun and Verb

French, from Italian cascata, from cascare to fall, from Vulgar Latin *casicare, from Latin casus fall

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cas·​cade | \ ka-ˈskād How to pronounce cascade (audio) \

Kids Definition of cascade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a steep usually small waterfall


cascaded; cascading

Kids Definition of cascade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to flow or fall rapidly and in large quantity Tears cascaded from the baby's eyes.


cas·​cade | \ (ˌ)kas-ˈkād How to pronounce cascade (audio) \

Medical Definition of cascade

: a molecular, biochemical, or physiological process occurring in a succession of stages each of which is closely related to or depends on the output of the previous stage a cascade of enzymatic reactions the cascade of events comprising the immune response

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