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noun
  1. a waterfall descending over a steep, rocky surface.
  2. a series of shallow or steplike waterfalls, either natural or artificial.
  3. anything that resembles a waterfall, especially in seeming to flow or fall in abundance: a cascade of roses covering the wall.
  4. (in a drain or sewer) a chain of steps for dissipating the momentum of falling water in a steep place in order to maintain a steady rate of flow.
  5. an arrangement of a lightweight fabric in folds falling one over another in random or zigzag fashion.
  6. a type of firework resembling a waterfall in effect.
  7. Chemistry. a series of vessels, from each of which a fluid successively overflows to the next, thus presenting a large absorbing surface, as to a gas.
  8. Electricity. an arrangement of component devices, as electrolytic cells, each of which feeds into the next in succession.
  9. Biochemistry. a series of reactions catalyzed by enzymes that are activated sequentially by successive products of the reactions, resulting in an amplification of the initial response.
verb (used without object), cas·cad·ed, cas·cad·ing.
  1. to fall in or like a cascade.
verb (used with object), cas·cad·ed, cas·cad·ing.
  1. to cause to fall in a cascade.
  2. Electricity. to arrange (components) in a cascade.

Origin of cascade

1635–45; < French < Italian cascata, equivalent to casc(are) to fall (< Vulgar Latin *cāsicāre, equivalent to cās(us) fallen (past participle of cadere) + -icā- formative v. suffix + -re infinitive ending) + -ata -ade1
Related formscas·cad·er, nounun·cas·cad·ed, adjectiveun·cas·cad·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cascaded

Historical Examples

  • He caught her in his arms as they cascaded into a tangle of limbs and nylon.

    The Deadly Daughters

    Winston K. Marks

  • So was the ripple of lace that cascaded down the front of her blouse.

  • A perfect torrent of bullets ripped up the dirt and cascaded us with gravel and mud.

  • Down the slopes of the Monarch Divide, seemingly from its turreted summits, cascaded many frothing streams.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • Caught in the current, Helberson and Harper were swept out of the room and cascaded down the stairs into the street.


British Dictionary definitions for cascaded

cascade

noun
  1. a waterfall or series of waterfalls over rocks
  2. something resembling this, such as folds of lace
    1. a consecutive sequence of chemical or physical processes
    2. (as modifier)cascade liquefaction
    1. a series of stages in the processing chain of an electrical signal where each operates the next in turn
    2. (as modifier)a cascade amplifier
  3. the cumulative process responsible for the formation of an electrical discharge, cosmic-ray shower, or Geiger counter avalanche in a gas
  4. the sequence of spontaneous decays by an excited atom or ion
verb
  1. (intr) to flow or fall in or like a cascade

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Italian cascata, from cascare to fall, ultimately from Latin cadere to fall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cascaded

cascade

v.

1702, from cascade (n.). In early 19c. slang, "to vomit." Related: Cascaded; cascading.

cascade

n.

1640s, from French cascade (17c.), from Italian cascata "waterfall," from cascare "to fall," from Vulgar Latin *casicare, frequentative of Latin casum, casus, past participle of cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cascaded in Medicine

cascade

(kă-skād)
n.
  1. A succession of actions, processes, or operations, as of a physiological process.
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cascaded in Science

cascade

[kăs-kād]
  1. A series of chemical or physiological processes that occur in successive stages, each of which is dependent on the preceding one, to produce a culminating effect. The steps involved in the clotting of blood occur as a cascade.
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