[waw-ter-fawl, wot-er-]
a steep fall or flow of water in a watercourse from a height, as over a precipice; cascade.
a manner of arranging women's hair, as in long, loose waves.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English wætergefeall. See water, fall

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waterfall (ˈwɔːtəˌfɔːl)
a cascade of falling water where there is a vertical or almost vertical step in a river

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Word Origin & History

O.E. wætergefeal; see water + fall. Cf. Ger. wasserfall, O.N. vatnfall.
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waterfall wa·ter·fall (wô'tər-fôl')
Blood flow in vascular beds where lateral pressure greatly exceeds venous pressure and tends to collapse vessels.

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