waterfall

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

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. waterdog,
  2. watered,
  3. watered stock,
  4. watered-down,
  5. wateree,
  6. waterfall development,
  7. waterfinder,
  8. waterflood,
  9. waterford,
  10. waterford glass

Origin of waterfall

before 1000; Middle English; Old English wætergefeall. See water, fall

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British Dictionary definitions for waterfall

waterfall

/ (ˈwɔːtəˌfɔːl) /

noun

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

waterfall

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for waterfall

waterfall

[ wôtər-fôl′ ]

n.

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

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