cascades

cascade

[kas-keyd]
noun
1.
a waterfall descending over a steep, rocky surface.
2.
a series of shallow or steplike waterfalls, either natural or artificial.
3.
anything that resembles a waterfall, especially in seeming to flow or fall in abundance: a cascade of roses covering the wall.
4.
(in a drain or sewer) a chain of steps for dissipating the momentum of falling water in a steep place in order to maintain a steady rate of flow.
5.
an arrangement of a lightweight fabric in folds falling one over another in random or zigzag fashion.
6.
a type of firework resembling a waterfall in effect.
7.
Chemistry. a series of vessels, from each of which a fluid successively overflows to the next, thus presenting a large absorbing surface, as to a gas.
8.
Electricity. an arrangement of component devices, as electrolytic cells, each of which feeds into the next in succession.
9.
Biochemistry. a series of reactions catalyzed by enzymes that are activated sequentially by successive products of the reactions, resulting in an amplification of the initial response.
verb (used without object), cascaded, cascading.
10.
to fall in or like a cascade.
verb (used with object), cascaded, cascading.
11.
to cause to fall in a cascade.
12.
Electricity. to arrange (components) in a cascade.

Origin:
1635–45; < French < Italian cascata, equivalent to casc(are) to fall (< Vulgar Latin *cāsicāre, equivalent to cās(us) fallen (past participle of cadere) + -icā- formative v. suffix + -re infinitive ending) + -ata -ade1

cascader, noun
uncascaded, adjective
uncascading, adjective
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Cascade Range

noun
a mountain range extending from N California to W Canada: highest peak, Mt. Rainier, 14,408 feet (4322 meters).
Also called the Cascades.
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cascade (kæsˈkeɪd)
 
n
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
 
vb
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 Range
 
n
a chain of mountains in the US and Canada: a continuation of the Sierra Nevada range from N California through Oregon and Washington to British Columbia. Highest peak: Mount Rainier, 4392 m (14 408 ft)

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cascade
1641, from Fr., from It. cascata "waterfall," from cascare "to fall," from V.L. *casicare, from L. casum, pp. of cadere "to fall" (see case (1)). The verb is attested from 1702.
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cascade cas·cade (kā-skād')
n.
A succession of actions, processes, or operations, as of a physiological process.

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cascade   (kās-kād')  Pronunciation Key 
A series of chemical or physiological processes that occur in successive stages, each of which is dependent on the preceding one, to produce a culminating effect. The steps involved in the clotting of blood occur as a cascade.
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Cascades definition


Mountain chain extending from British Columbia, Canada, south through Washington and Oregon to northern California. It is known for its many volcanoes.

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