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Dictionary Definition

cascade

Noun

1 a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
2 a succession of stages or operations or processes or units; "progressing in severity as though a cascade of genetic damage was occurring"; "separation of isotopes by a cascade of processes"
3 a sudden downpour (as of tears or sparks etc) likened to a rain shower; "a little shower of rose petals"; "a sudden cascade of sparks" [syn: shower]

Verb

1 rush down in big quantities, like a cascade [syn: cascade down]
2 arrange (open windows) on a computer desktop so that they overlap each other, with the title bars visible

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

cascade, from cascata, from cascare to fall

Pronunciation

  • /kæsˈkeɪd/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪd

Noun

  1. A waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
    Now murm'ring soft, now roaring in cascade. -Cawper
  2. A stream or sequence of a thing or things occurring as if falling like a cascade.
    The rise in serotonin levels sets off a cascade of chemical events — Richard M. Restak, The Secret Life of the Brain, Joseph Henry Press, 2001
  3. A series of electrical (or other types of) components, the output of any one being connected to the input of the next; See also daisy chain

Translations

waterfall
sequence of events
series of electric components
  • Finnish: sarja

Verb

  1. To fall as a waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
  2. To occur as a causal sequence.
  3. To vomit.

French

Pronunciation

  • /kaskad/

Noun

fr-noun f

Verb

cascade

Extensive Definition

A cascade is a waterfall or a series of waterfalls.
Cascade may also refer to:

Places

North America

Canada

United States

* Cascade, Colorado, an unincorporated town in El Paso County

Seychelles

Australia

Wales, UK
Cascade, Rhymney Valley,

Technology

Organizations

Music

Other

cascade in German: Kaskade
cascade in French: Cascade
cascade in Dutch: Cascade
cascade in Japanese: カスケード
cascade in Polish: Cascade
cascade in Portuguese: Cascata
cascade in Romanian: Cascadă (dezambiguizare)
cascade in Russian: Каскад
cascade in Slovak: Kaskáda
cascade in Swedish: Kaskad
cascade in Urdu: آبشاری
cascade in Volapük: Cascade

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