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cascade

[ kas-keyd ]
/ kæsˈkeɪd /
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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.

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RELATED WORDS

outpouring, avalanche, waterfall, torrent, deluge, tumble, spew, spill, pour, descend, overflow, gush, chute, force, rapids, spout, shower, flood, fountain, watercourse

Nearby words

casas, bartolomé de las, casaubon, casaubon, isaac, casbah, cascabel, cascade, cascade molecule, cascade particle, cascade range, cascade stomach, 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

/ (kæsˈkeɪd) /

noun

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
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

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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