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waterfall

[waw-ter-fawl, wot-er-]
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noun
  1. a steep fall or flow of water in a watercourse from a height, as over a precipice; cascade.
  2. a manner of arranging women's hair, as in long, loose waves.
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Origin of waterfall

before 1000; Middle English; Old English wætergefeall. See water, fall
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  • What could make the river run at this pace—a weir—or a waterfall?

  • If the waterfall sketches were not exaggerations, he would like to see the originals.

  • She'll keep that appointment for me at eight o'clock to-night by the waterfall.

  • You had to dash through a waterfall to get into your damp bed.

  • One afternoon we walked sixteen miles through a rain which was like a waterfall.

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British Dictionary definitions for waterfall

waterfall

noun
  1. a cascade of falling water where there is a vertical or almost vertical step in a river
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Word Origin and History for waterfall

n.

Old English wætergefeal; see water (n.1) + fall. Cf. German wasserfall, Old Norse vatnfall.

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waterfall in Medicine

waterfall

(wôtər-fôl′)
n.
  1. Blood flow in vascular beds where lateral pressure greatly exceeds venous pressure and tends to collapse vessels.
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