Thursday, January 18, 2001
Definitions for cataract
- A great fall of water over a precipice; a large waterfall.
- A downpour; a flood.
- A clouding or opacity of the lens or capsule of the eye, which obstructs the passage of light.
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Citations for cataract
Niagara is no virgin. Today, its cataract can be stopped with the pull of a lever, and less than half its natural flow pours over the precipice.
Bartram was an ace self-dramatizer and avid explorer of nature, whose journals are full of blood and thunder and such dramatic observations of animals as this one of the American crocodile: "His enormous body swells. His plaited tail brandished high, floats upon the lake. The waters like a cataract descend from his opening jaws. Clouds of smoke issue from his dilated nostrils."