- a waterfall descending over a steep, rocky surface.
- a series of shallow or steplike waterfalls, either natural or artificial.
- anything that resembles a waterfall, especially in seeming to flow or fall in abundance: a cascade of roses covering the wall.
- (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.
- an arrangement of a lightweight fabric in folds falling one over another in random or zigzag fashion.
- a type of firework resembling a waterfall in effect.
- 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.
- Electricity. an arrangement of component devices, as electrolytic cells, each of which feeds into the next in succession.
- 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.
- to fall in or like a cascade.
- to cause to fall in a cascade.
- Electricity. to arrange (components) in a cascade.
Origin of cascade
- a mountain range extending from N California to W Canada: highest peak, Mt. Rainier, 14,408 feet (4322 meters).
Examples from the Web for cascades
The cascades, which fled at his approach, advanced when he retired.L'Assommoir
This occurred while they were many miles above the falls, or Cascades.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
Cascades, brooks and torrents are the outward evidence of this inner travail.Chinese Painters
The cascades here, I'm afraid, come down more like seed oatmeal.Hortus Inclusus
Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the monarch of the Cascades.The Mountain that was 'God'
John H. Williams
- a waterfall or series of waterfalls over rocks
- something resembling this, such as folds of lace
- a consecutive sequence of chemical or physical processes
- (as modifier)cascade liquefaction
- a series of stages in the processing chain of an electrical signal where each operates the next in turn
- (as modifier)a cascade amplifier
- the cumulative process responsible for the formation of an electrical discharge, cosmic-ray shower, or Geiger counter avalanche in a gas
- the sequence of spontaneous decays by an excited atom or ion
- (intr) to flow or fall in or like a cascade
- a chain of mountains in the US and Canada: a continuation of the Sierra Nevada range from N California through Oregon and Washington to British Columbia. Highest peak: Mount Rainier, 4392 m (14 408 ft)
Word Origin and History for cascades
1702, from cascade (n.). In early 19c. slang, "to vomit." Related: Cascaded; cascading.
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)).
- A succession of actions, processes, or operations, as of a physiological process.
- 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.