from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A steep descent of water from a height; a cascade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flow of water over the edge of a cliff.
  • n. A waterfall-like outpouring of liquid, smoke, etc.
  • n. Waterfall model
  • v. To fall like a waterfall.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fall, or perpendicular descent, of the water of a river or stream, or a descent nearly perpendicular; a cascade; a cataract.
  • n. An arrangement of a woman's back hair over a cushion or frame in some resemblance to a waterfall.
  • n. A certain kind of neck scarf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A steep fall or flow of water from a height; a cascade; a cataract.
  • n. A neck-tie or scarf with long drooping ends.
  • n. A chignon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a steep descent of the water of a river


From Middle English waterfal, waterfalle, from Old English wæterġefeall ("waterfall"), equivalent to water +‎ fall. Cognate with West Frisian wetterfal ("waterfall"), Dutch waterval ("waterfall"), German Wasserfall ("waterfall"), Swedish vattenfall ("waterfall"). (Wiktionary)


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