Meaning of CASCADE in English

I. (ˌ)kas-ˈkād 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


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

II. verb

( cas·cad·ed ; cas·cad·ing )

Date: 1702

intransitive verb

: to fall, pour, or rush in or as if in a cascade

transitive verb

1. : to cause to fall like a cascade

2. : to connect in a cascade arrangement

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