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/ kæsˈkeɪd /
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verb (used without object), cas·cad·ed, cas·cad·ing.

to fall in or like a cascade.

verb (used with object), cas·cad·ed, cas·cad·ing.

to cause to fall in a cascade.
Electricity. to arrange (components) in a cascade.



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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
cas·cad·er, nounun·cas·cad·ed, adjectiveun·cas·cad·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cascade

/ (kæsˈkeɪd) /



(intr) to flow or fall in or like a cascade
C17: from French, from Italian cascata, from cascare to fall, ultimately from Latin cadere to fall
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Medical definitions for cascade

[ kă-skād ]


A succession of actions, processes, or operations, as of a physiological process.
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Scientific definitions for cascade

[ kăs-kād ]

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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