[ waw-ter-fawl, wot-er- ]
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  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.

  1. noting or relating to a philosophy of product development and production that includes sequential stages, from conception and design through testing and implementation, resulting in one finalized version of the product: waterfall development; waterfall management;a waterfall model.: Compare agile (def. 4). See also waterfall development.

Origin of waterfall

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

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British Dictionary definitions for waterfall


/ (ˈwɔːtəˌfɔːl) /

  1. a cascade of falling water where there is a vertical or almost vertical step in a river

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