Definition of cascade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kæˈskeɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæˈskeɪd//
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  1. 1a small waterfall, especially one of several falling down a steep slope with rocks
  2. 2a large amount of water falling or pouring down a cascade of rainwater
  3. 3(formal) a large amount of something hanging down Her hair tumbled in a cascade down her back.
  4. 4(formal) a large number of things falling or coming quickly at the same time He crashed to the ground in a cascade of oil cans.
  5. 5(formal) a number of things happening, in which each one leads to another The protein can trigger a cascade of events that leads to heart failure.
  6. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian cascata, from cascare ‘to fall’, based on Latin casus ‘fall’, related to cadere ‘to fall’.
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