Meaning of CASCADE in English

I. cas ‧ cade 1 /kæˈskeɪd/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: French ; Origin: Italian cascata , from cascare 'to fall' ]

1 . a small steep ↑ waterfall that is one of several together

2 . something that hangs down in large quantities

cascade of

Her hair fell over her shoulders in a cascade of curls.

II. cascade 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to flow, fall, or hang down in large quantities:

Her thick black hair cascaded down below her waist.

Gallons of water cascaded over the side of the bath.

2 . [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition] to pass information or skills to people at a lower level in your organization, or to be passed down in this way:

This information will be cascaded down to employees through their line managers.

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▪ flow if liquid flows, it moves in a steady continuous stream:

Blood flowed from his hand.


The river flows very quickly at this point.

▪ run to flow – used when saying that something flows in a particular direction:

Water was running down the walls of the room.


Sweat ran off his nose.


The river runs into the sea.

▪ come out to flow out of something:

You couldn't drink any of the water that came out of the tap.

▪ pour to flow in large quantities:

The rain poured down.


Blood was pouring from a wound on his head.

▪ gush to flow out quickly in very large quantities:

Water was gushing out at more than 3000 gallons a minute.

▪ spurt to flow out suddenly with a lot of force:

Oil was spurting from a small hole in the pipe.

▪ trickle to flow slowly in drops or in a thin stream:

Clare felt sweat trickling down the back of her neck.

▪ leak to flow in or out through a small hole or crack, usually when this is not meant to happen:

Oil was leaking from the engine.

▪ ooze to flow from something very slowly – used about blood or a thick liquid:

Blood was oozing from the wound.


Jam oozed out as she bit into the cake.

▪ drip to fall in drops:

Water dripped from the tap continuously.

▪ cascade to flow down the side of something in large amounts:

Water cascades down the hilllside.

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