cascade

[ kas-keyd ]
/ kæsˈkeɪd /

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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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

OTHER WORDS FROM cascade

cas·cad·er, nounun·cas·cad·ed, adjectiveun·cas·cad·ing, adjective

Definition for cascades (2 of 2)

Cascade Range

noun

a mountain range extending from N California to W Canada: highest peak, Mt. Rainier, 14,408 feet (4322 meters).
Also called the Cascades.
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British Dictionary definitions for cascades (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for cascades (2 of 2)

Cascade Range

noun

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)
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Medical definitions for cascades

cascade
[ kă-skād ]

n.

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

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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Cultural definitions for cascades

Cascades

Mountain chain extending from British Columbia, Canada, south through Washington and Oregon to northern California. It is known for its many volcanoes.

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