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cascade

Think of a cascade as something suddenly falling, tumbling down in a rush.

The word cascade conjures up a vision of anything falling in a manner resembling a waterfall — think of a cascade of shining hair, a sudden cascade of tears, or the cascade of light during a meteor shower. The idea behind the word is of something falling in a progressive manner or a series of steps. A downward progression of musical themes can be called a cascade, as can the disastrous cascade of the tumbling price of a stock on Wall Street.

Definitions of cascade
  1. noun
    a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
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    type of:
    falls, waterfall
    a steep descent of the water of a river
  2. noun
    a sudden downpour (as of tears, sparks, etc.) likened to a rain shower
    “a sudden cascade of sparks”
    synonyms: shower
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    type of:
    descent
    a movement downward
  3. noun
    a succession of stages or operations or processes or units
    “progressing in severity as though a cascade of genetic damage was occurring”
    “separation of isotopes by a cascade of processes”
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    type of:
    succession
    a group of people or things arranged or following in order
  4. verb
    rush down in big quantities, like a cascade
    synonyms: cascade down
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    type of:
    come down, descend, fall, go down
    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  5. verb
    arrange (open windows) on a computer desktop so that they overlap each other, with the title bars visible
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    type of:
    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
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