cascade

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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.

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

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

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

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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Word Origin and History for cascades

cascade

v.

1702, from cascade (n.). In early 19c. slang, "to vomit." Related: Cascaded; cascading.

cascade

n.

1640s, from French cascade (17c.), from Italian cascata "waterfall," from cascare "to fall," from Vulgar Latin *casicare, frequentative of Latin casum, casus, past participle of cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)).

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Medicine definitions for cascades

cascade

[kă-skād]

n.

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