Asshur-bani-pal's power extended from the range of Niphates to the First cataract.
Two rocks on the precipice separate the cataract into three divisions.
Slowly and sternly it moved toward the roaring edge of the cataract.
There was little accuracy in the estimates of the first observers of the cataract.
It was very hard work, as we had to run and leap and scramble along the slippery and jagged rocks alongside the cataract.
The edge of the cataract is crimped by indentations which exalt its beauty.
This put them all in a good-natured mood, and the “cataract” went home.
You will wake him if you talk so loud,” said Pepé; “your voice roars like a cataract.
The cataract of Tequendama, although not the largest in the world, yet affords a very beautiful sight.
Here a cataract, there a rapid; now lingering in some corner of beauty, as if loath to go.
early 15c., "a waterfall, floodgate," from Latin cataracta "waterfall," from Greek katarhaktes "waterfall, broken water; a kind of portcullis," noun use of an adjective compound meaning "swooping, down-rushing," from kata "down" (see cata-). The second element is traced either to arhattein "to strike hard" (in which case the compound is kat-arrhattein), or to rhattein "to dash, break."
Its alternative sense in Latin of "portcullis" probably was passed through French to form the English meaning "eye disease" (early 15c.), on the notion of "obstruction" (to eyesight).
cataract cat·a·ract (kāt'ə-rākt')
Opacity of the lens or capsule of the eye, causing impairment of vision or blindness.