Asshur-bani-pal's power extended from the range of Niphates to the First cataract.
You must be in a hurry to do it, too, coming downstairs like a cataract.
Slowly and sternly it moved toward the roaring edge of the cataract.
Lady O'Moy was in an emotional maelstrom that swept her towards a cataract.
It was very hard work, as we had to run and leap and scramble along the slippery and jagged rocks alongside the cataract.
There was only one thing to be done—he must ride the cataract.
This put them all in a good-natured mood, and the “cataract” went home.
But this cataract of dried leaves, too, is a study in the rhythms of the dead.
The cataract of Tequendama, although not the largest in the world, yet affords a very beautiful sight.
I paused involuntarily a hundred paces from the brink of the cataract.
early 15c., "a waterfall, floodgate," from Latin cataracta "waterfall," from Greek katarhaktes "waterfall, broken water; a kind of portcullis," noun use of an adjective compound meaning "swooping, down-rushing," from kata "down" (see cata-). The second element is traced either to arhattein "to strike hard" (in which case the compound is kat-arrhattein), or to rhattein "to dash, break."
Its alternative sense in Latin of "portcullis" probably was passed through French to form the English meaning "eye disease" (early 15c.), on the notion of "obstruction" (to eyesight).
cataract cat·a·ract (kāt'ə-rākt')
Opacity of the lens or capsule of the eye, causing impairment of vision or blindness.