Meaning of CASCADE in English


Pronunciation: ( ˌ )kas- ' k ā d

Function: noun

Etymology: French, from Italian cascata, from cascare to fall, from Vulgar Latin *casicare, from Latin casus fall

Date: 1641

1 : a steep usually small fall of water especially : one of a series

2 a : something arranged or occurring in a series or in a succession of stages so that each stage derives from or acts upon the product of the preceding <blood clotting involves a biochemical cascade > b : a fall of material (as lace) that hangs in a zigzag line

3 : something falling or rushing forth in quantity <a cascade of sound> <a cascade of events>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.