Meaning of cascade
Pronunciation: (kas-kād'), [key]
— n., v., -cad•ed, -cad•ing.
- a waterfall descending over a steep, rocky surface.
- a series of shallow or steplike waterfalls, either natural or artificial.
- anything that resembles a waterfall, esp. in seeming to flow or fall in abundance: a cascade of roses covering the wall.
- (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.
- an arrangement of a lightweight fabric in folds falling one over another in random or zigzag fashion.
- a type of firework resembling a waterfall in effect.
- 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.
- an arrangement of component devices, as electrolytic cells, each of which feeds into the next in succession.
- 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.
- to fall in or like a cascade.
- to cause to fall in a cascade.
- to arrange (components) in a cascade.
- cascade (Thesaurus)