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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cascadenoun

    a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls

  2. cascadenoun

    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. shower, cascadeverb

    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"

  4. cascade, cascade downverb

    rush down in big quantities, like a cascade

  5. cascadeverb

    arrange (open windows) on a computer desktop so that they overlap each other, with the title bars visible


  1. cascadenoun

    A waterfall or series of small waterfalls.

    Now murm'ring soft, now roaring in cascade. -Cawper

  2. cascadenoun

    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 uE000182303uE001 Richard M. Restak, The Secret Life of the Brain, Joseph Henry Press, 2001

  3. cascadenoun

    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

  4. cascadenoun

    A pattern typically performed with an odd number of props, where each prop is caught by the opposite hand.

  5. cascadenoun

    A sequence of absurd short messages posted to a newsgroup by different authors, each one responding to the most recent message and quoting the entire sequence to that point (with ever-increasing indentation).

  6. cascadeverb

    To fall as a waterfall or series of small waterfalls.

  7. cascadeverb

    To arrange in a stepped series like a waterfall.

  8. cascadeverb

    To occur as a causal sequence.

  9. cascadeverb

    To vomit.

  10. Etymology: cascade, from cascata, from cascare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cascadenoun

    A cataract; a water-fall.

    Etymology: cascade, Fr. cascata, Ital. from cascare, a low word, to fall.

    Rivers diverted from their native course,
    And bound with chains of artificial force,
    From large cascades in pleasing tumult roll’d,
    Or rose through figur’d stone, or breathing gold. Matthew Prior.

    The most enlivening part of all is the river Teverone, which throws itself down a precipice, and falls by several cascades, from one rock to another, till it gains the bottom of the valley. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cascadenoun

    a fall of water over a precipice, as in a river or brook; a waterfall less than a cataract

  2. Cascadeverb

    to fall in a cascade

  3. Cascadeverb

    to vomit

  4. Etymology: [F. cascade, fr. It. cascata, fr. cascare to fall.]


  1. Cascade

    Cascade is a city in Dubuque County and Jones County, Iowa, United States. The Dubuque County portion is part of Dubuque Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Jones County portion is part of Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,159 at the 2010 census, up from 1,958 at the 2000 census. The city is located at the southwestern edge of Dubuque County, at the border of Dubuque and Jones Counties. Arguably the town's most notable historic event was the 1925 flood. Between 1880 to 1936 the town was connected to Bellevue via the Chicago, St. Paul & Milwaukee Railway Company. U.S. Route 151 runs through Cascade but in 2002 a four-lane bypass took traffic north around the city. Iowa Highway 136 runs from north to south through Cascade.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cascade

    kas-kād′, n. a waterfall: a trimming of lace or other material in a loose wavy fall.—v.i. to fall in cascades. [Fr.,—It.—L. cadĕre, to fall.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. cascade

    1. A huge volume of spurious error-message output produced by a compiler with poor error recovery. Too frequently, one trivial syntax error (such as a missing ‘)’ or ‘}’) throws the parser out of synch so that much of the remaining program text is interpreted as garbaged or ill-formed. 2. A chain of Usenet followups, each adding some trivial variation or riposte to the text of the previous one, all of which is reproduced in the new message; an include war in which the object is to create a sort of communal graffito.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Cascade

    The arrangement of Leyden jars in series on insulating supports, as described below.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cascade

    A fall of water from a considerable height, rather by successive stages than in a single mass, as with a cataract.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cascade in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cascade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of cascade in a Sentence

  1. Terry Schilling:

    There's no mistaking it now : Our medical industry and government authorities care more about ideology and profit than they do about the health and well-being of our kids, hopefully, the looming cascade of malpractice lawsuits will finally convince them to return to sanity as Europe is now doing. Lawmakers in Congress and the states also need to start getting involved. For the sake of America's families, it's time to put a stop to this horrific experimentation.

  2. Ning Feng:

    Taken together, these findings show that any abnormality in the way BDNF communicates with its receptor and its associated intracardiac signaling appears to unlock a cascade of chemical glitches that eventually leads to poor cardiac function.

  3. Atlanta Police Department:

    While fleeing, the Silverado drove into the front of a marked patrol vehicle and the passenger fired a handgun toward officers, the truck then fled down Cascade Avenue and struck an SUV before crashing into a vacant building at 804 Cascade Avenue.

  4. Scott Steiner:

    The next day, it's when we began seeing people coming to our emergency room who were sick, two( people) the first day, six the next day, eight the next day, and it just began to cascade from that point.

  5. Kendra Viner:

    I think the treatments are fantastic, as long as we get people to that stage in the cascade, the outlook is very good.

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