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  1. cas·cade
    IPA[kaˈskād]
  2. noun

    • 1. a small waterfall, typically one of several that fall in stages down a steep rocky slope:

      the waterfall raced down in a series of cascades
    • 2. a mass of something that falls or hangs in copious or luxuriant quantities:

      a cascade of pink bougainvillea
    • 3. a large number or amount of something occurring or arriving in rapid succession:

      a cascade of antiwar literature
    • 4. a process whereby something, typically information or knowledge, is successively passed on:

      the greater the number of people who are well briefed, the wider the cascade effect
    • 5. a succession of devices or stages in a process, each of which triggers or initiates the next.

    verb

    • 1. (of water) pour downward rapidly and in large quantities:

      water was cascading down the stairs
    • 2. fall or hang in copious or luxuriant quantities:

      blonde hair cascaded down her back
    • 3. arrange (a number of devices or objects) in a series or sequence.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: cascade, plural noun: cascades

    • v.: verb: cascade, 3rd person present: cascades, gerund or present participle: cascading, past tense: cascaded, past participle: cascaded

    • noun

      a small waterfall, typically one of several that fall in stages down a steep rocky slope:

      a mass of something that falls or hangs in copious quantities:

    • verb

      (of water) pour downwards rapidly and in large quantities:

      fall or hang in copious quantities:

    • a range of volcanic mountains in western North America that extends from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to northern California. Its highest peak is Mount Rainier. The range also includes an active volcano, Mount St. Helens.
    • noun

      a shift in the balance of populations in an ecosystem occasioned by marked depletion in one species, usually as a result of human action.
    • a range of volcanic mountains in western North America, extending from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to northern California.
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