cascade

[kas-keyd]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. casas, bartolomé de las,
  2. casaubon,
  3. casaubon, isaac,
  4. casbah,
  5. cascabel,
  6. cascade molecule,
  7. cascade particle,
  8. cascade range,
  9. cascade stomach,
  10. cascades

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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British Dictionary definitions for cascade

cascade

noun

a waterfall or series of waterfalls over rocks
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
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

verb

(intr) to flow or fall in or like a cascade

Word Origin for cascade

C17: from French, from Italian cascata, from cascare to fall, ultimately from Latin cadere to fall

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Word Origin and History for cascade
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Medicine definitions for cascade

cascade

[kă-skād]

n.

A succession of actions, processes, or operations, as of a physiological process.

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Science definitions for cascade

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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