• IPA: /kæsˈkeɪd/

cascade (plural cascades)

  1. A waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
    • Now murm'ring soft, now roaring in cascade.
    • The silver brook […] pours the white cascade.
  2. (figuratively) A stream or sequence of a thing or things occurring as if falling like a cascade.
    • 2001, Richard M. Restak, The Secret Life of the Brain, Joseph Henry Press
      ''The rise in serotonin levels sets off a cascade of chemical events
  3. A series of electrical (or other types of) components, the output of any one being connected to the input of the next; See also daisy chain
  4. (juggling) A pattern typically performed with an odd number of props, where each prop is caught by the opposite hand.
  5. (Internet) A sequence of absurd short messages posted to a newsgroup by different authors, each one responding to the most recent message and quoting the entire sequence to that point (with ever-increasing indentation).
    • 1993, "e.j.barker", Disassociation (on Internet newsgroup alt.slack)
      Don't you hate cascades? I hate cascades!
    • 1999, "Anonymous", CYBERLIAR SCAVENGER HUNT 1999 (on Internet newsgroup alt.test)
      Spark a usenet cascade of no less than 300 replies.
    • 2004, "swt", ARRR! (on Internet newsgroup alt.religion.kibology)
      Anyway. I didn't mean to say that everyone who posts URLs is bad and wrong and should lose their breathing privileges. Just that I was getting weary of look-at-this-link posts, sort of like some people get sick of cascades.
  6. A hairpiece for women consisting of curled locks or a bun attached to a firm base, used to create the illusion of fuller hair.
Translations Translations Verb

cascade (cascades, present participle cascading; past and past participle cascaded)

  1. (intransitive) To fall as a waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
  2. (transitive) To arrange in a stepped series like a waterfall.
  3. (intransitive) To occur as a causal sequence.
    • 2003, Adam Freeman, ‎Allen Jones, Programming .NET Security
      Child folders inherit the configuration of their parent folder, meaning that configuration settings cascade down through an application's virtual folder hierarchy.
  4. (archaic, slang) To vomit.
Translations Translations
  • German: hintereinanderschalten
  • Portuguese: cascatear

Proper noun
  1. An administrative district in Seychelles
  2. A small city/county seat in Valley County, Idaho.
  3. A city in Iowa.
  4. A town in Montana.
  5. A town in Wisconsin.
  6. A town/and/settlement in Jamaica.
  7. A town in Western Australia.

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