From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Nature
cascadecas‧cade1 /kæˈskeɪd/ noun [countable] 1 DNa small steep waterfall that is one of several together2 LOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNTsomething that hangs down in large quantitiescascade of Her hair fell over her shoulders in a cascade of curls.
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cascadeThe awning flew back with a chainsaw rasp, and a cascade of rainwater came down on her head.In a way, development can be thought of as a cascade, one event leading to another.On the other side is the mosaic-tiled bath, as blue as the sea, beneath a cascade of tropical plants.The continuous wandering of the continents also produced a cascade of side effects.One intervention causes the next one to be needed and eventually leads to a cascade of interventions of increasing seriousness.The entire period-doubling cascade can be given a similar interpretation.Rainbows glanced off the cascade of the waterfall.Pharmacological agents could then be selected to modify these cascades.Light in texture, it is sublime served with cascades of cream poured over.cascade ofRebecca was tall and slim with a cascade of dark curly hair.
cascadecascade2 verb 1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]LIQUIDDOWN 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.→ See Verb table
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cascadeTorrents of sparks cascaded behind them into the harbor.We were cast into impenetrable blackness, with the rain still cascading down and that devilish thing on the loose!Heavy rains caused a wall of mud to cascade down the hillside.As I sat there, the china spewed forth from the open door and cascaded down the ready-made ramp into my lap.Du Pont trained 180 managers in safety auditing and this is now cascading down through the workforce.The walls of the cave are smooth, polished by the water cascading from above.On Saturday it was disgorging a torrent, trying to stay ahead of the runoff cascading from the oversaturated Sierra.Over it, water cascaded into a half-million-gallon pool, then was driven back to the top by steam-powered pumps.Water from the broken water main cascaded into a subway station.It wells up her perfectly tanned throat and finally she starts to shake, honey blonde hair cascading over slim shoulders.Silk draperies began at the ceiling and cascaded to the floor.
Origin cascade1 (1600-1700) French Italian cascata, from cascare to fall