[ waw-ter-fawl, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌfɔl, ˈwɒt ər- /


a steep fall or flow of water in a watercourse from a height, as over a precipice; cascade.
a manner of arranging women's hair, as in long, loose waves.

Origin of waterfall

before 1000; Middle English; Old English wætergefeall. See water, fall
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British Dictionary definitions for waterfall

/ (ˈwɔːtəˌfɔːl) /


a cascade of falling water where there is a vertical or almost vertical step in a river
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Medical definitions for waterfall

[ wôtər-fôl′ ]


Blood flow in vascular beds where lateral pressure greatly exceeds venous pressure and tends to collapse vessels.
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