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

  • n. A waterfall or a series of small waterfalls over steep rocks.
  • n. Something, such as lace, thought to resemble a waterfall or series of small waterfalls, especially an arrangement or fall of material.
  • n. A succession of stages, processes, operations, or units.
  • n. Electronics A series of components or networks, the output of each of which serves as the input for the next.
  • n. A chemical or physiological process that occurs in successive stages, each of which is dependent on the preceding one, and often producing a cumulative effect: an enzymatic cascade.
  • transitive v. To fall or cause to fall in or as if in a cascade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
  • n. A stream or sequence of a thing or things occurring as if falling like a cascade.
  • n. A series of electrical (or other types of) components, the output of any one being connected to the input of the next; See also daisy chain
  • n. A pattern typically performed with an odd number of props, where each prop is caught by the opposite hand.
  • n. A sequence of absurd short messages posted to a newsgroup by different authors, each one responding to the most recent message and quoting the entire sequence to that point (with ever-increasing indentation).
  • v. To fall as a waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
  • v. To arrange in a stepped series like a waterfall.
  • v. To occur as a causal sequence.
  • v. (slang) To vomit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fall of water over a precipice, as in a river or brook; a waterfall less than a cataract.
  • intransitive v. To fall in a cascade.
  • intransitive v. To vomit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To form cascades; fall in cascades.
  • To vomit.
  • n. A fall or flowing of water over a precipice or steep rocky declivity in a river or other stream; a waterfall, whether natural or artificial, but smaller than a cataract.
  • n. In electricity, a peculiar arrangement of Leyden jars in which the outer coating of the first jar which receives the charge is connected to the inner coating of the second, and so on.
  • n. A trimming of lace or other soft material, folded in a zigzag fashion so as to make a broken or irregular band, as down the front of a gown.
  • n. The falling water in the constellation Aquarius. See Aquarius.
  • n. In manuf. chem., a series of vessels, frequently of stoneware, from one to the next of which a liquid successively overflows, thus presenting a large absorbing surface to a gas with which it is to be charged.

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

  • v. rush down in big quantities, like a cascade
  • n. a succession of stages or operations or processes or units
  • v. arrange (open windows) on a computer desktop so that they overlap each other, with the title bars visible
  • n. a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
  • n. a sudden downpour (as of tears or sparks etc) likened to a rain shower


French, from Italian cascata, from cascare, to fall, from Vulgar Latin *casicāre, from Latin cadere; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French cascade, from Italian cascata, from cascare ("to fall") (Wiktionary)



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