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Meaning of cascade by Wiktionary Dictionary



French cascade, from Italian cascata, from cascare ( “to fall” )


  • IPA: /kæsˈkeɪd/
  • Rhymes: -eɪd


cascade ( plural: cascades )

  1. A waterfall or series of small waterfalls .
    Now murm'ring soft, now roaring in cascade. -Cawper
  2. ( figuratively ) 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 — Richard M. Restak, The Secret Life of the Brain, Joseph Henry Press, 2001
  3. 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. ( juggling ) A pattern typically performed with an odd number of props, where each prop is caught by the opposite hand .
  5. ( Internet ) 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 ).

Derived terms


cascade ( third-person singular simple present cascades present participle cascading, simple past and past participle cascaded )

  1. ( intransitive ) To fall as a waterfall or series of small waterfalls .
  2. ( transitive ) To arrange in a stepped series like a waterfall.
  3. To occur as a causal sequence .
  4. ( archaic ) ( slang ) To vomit .


Explanation of cascade by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. rush down in big quantities, like a cascade

    1. a sudden downpour ( as of tears or sparks etc ) likened to a rain shower

    2. a sudden cascade of sparks
    3. a succession of stages or operations or processes or units

    4. progressing in severity as though a cascade of genetic damage was occurring
      separation of isotopes by a cascade of processes
    5. a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls

    Definition of cascade by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cascade ( kăskād ), n. [F. cascade, fr. It. cascata, fr. cascare to fall.] A fall of water over a precipice, as in a river or brook; a waterfall less than a cataract.

      The silver brook . . . pours the white cascade. Longjellow.

      Now murm'ring soft, now roaring in cascade. Cowper.

    2. Cascade, v. i.
      1. To fall in a cascade. Lowell.

      2. To vomit. [Slang] Smollett.