|using or showing judgment as to action or practical expediency; discreet, prudent, or politic:|
|1.||a waterfall or series of waterfalls over rocks|
|2.||something resembling this, such as folds of lace|
|3.||a. a consecutive sequence of chemical or physical processes|
|b. (as modifier): cascade liquefaction|
|4.||a. a series of stages in the processing chain of an electrical signal where each operates the next in turn|
|b. (as modifier): a cascade amplifier|
|5.||the cumulative process responsible for the formation of an electrical discharge, cosmic-ray shower, or Geiger counter avalanche in a gas|
|6.||the sequence of spontaneous decays by an excited atom or ion|
|7.||(intr) to flow or fall in or like a cascade|
|[C17: from French, from Italian cascata, from cascare to fall, ultimately from Latin cadere to fall]|
cascade cas·cade (kā-skād')
A succession of actions, processes, or operations, as of a physiological process.
waterfall, especially a series of small falls, consisting of water descending over rocks or boulders. It may be natural or it may be artificial. The cascade has often been used as a feature of formal gardens.
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