cascade

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cascade arrange (open windows) on a computer desktop so that they overlap each other, with the title bars visible
    • v cascade rush down in big quantities, like a cascade
    • n cascade a sudden downpour (as of tears or sparks etc) likened to a rain shower "a little shower of rose petals","a sudden cascade of sparks"
    • n cascade 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"
    • n cascade a small waterfall or series of small waterfalls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The state of Oregon has one city named Sisters and another called Brothers. Sisters got its name from a nearby trio of peaks in the Cascade Mountains known as the Three Sisters. Brothers was named as a counterpart to Sisters.
    • n Cascade kăs*kād" A fall of water over a precipice, as in a river or brook; a waterfall less than a cataract. "The silver brook . . . pours the white cascade .""Now murm'ring soft, now roaring in cascade ."
    • Cascade To fall in a cascade.
    • Cascade To vomit. "These verses . . . make me ready to cast ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cascade A fall or flowing of water over a precipice or steep rocky declivity in a river or other stream; a waterfall, whether natural or artificial, but smaller than a cataract.
    • n cascade In electricity, a peculiar arrangement of Leyden jars in which the outer coating of the first jar which receives the charge is connected to the inner coating of the second, and so on.
    • n cascade A trimming of lace or other soft material, folded in a zigzag fashion so as to make a broken or irregular band, as down the front of a gown.
    • n cascade The falling water in the constellation Aquarius. See Aquarius.
    • cascade To form cascades; fall in cascades.
    • cascade To vomit.
    • n cascade In manuf. chem., a series of vessels, frequently of stoneware, from one to the next of which a liquid successively overflows, thus presenting a large absorbing surface to a gas with which it is to be charged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cascade kas-kād′ a waterfall: a trimming of lace or other material in a loose wavy fall
    • v.i Cascade to fall in cascades
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cascade, fr. It. cascata, fr. cascare, to fall

Usage

In literature:

At the far end of the house stands another piece of rockwork, another little cascade, and more marvels than I can touch upon.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
Some of the Watlala, or Upper Chinook, live near the Cascades, about 55 miles below The Dalles.
"Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico" by John Wesley Powell
Water collects in folds of hat or rug, and suddenly cascades down one's neck.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
Cascades sparkled in the sun like blowing diamond-dust.
"The Motor Maid" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
But how beautiful some of those cascades are!
"Round-about Rambles in Lands of Fact and Fancy" by Frank Richard Stockton
A beautiful ravine, cascade and lake, and a sulphur spring also are in the immediate vicinity south of the spring.
"Saratoga and How to See It" by R. F. Dearborn
Her hair streamed down her back in a cascade of sunlit glory.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
There were short waterfalls, long cascades, bright little lakes and countless valleys of green.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills" by Janet Aldridge
The hill-sides were flowing with shallow cascades, and the woods were threaded with brooks.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The streptasolen, which has no "little name," as the French say, was like a cascade of flame over one end of the wall.
"The Smiling Hill-Top" by Julia M. Sloane
At the Cascades, the Milles Roches and the Cedars, three-quarters of the cargo had to be portaged by the packmen.
"The Story of Isaac Brock" by Walter R. Nursey
When all the slag has been drawn off, there is a moment's pause, and then a new cascade begins.
"Tales of the Ridings" by F. W. Moorman
Your father has no responsibility whatever in the matter of the Cascade Development and Securities Company.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
The river was sinuous and narrow, hemmed in by walls of solid rock, down which streamed cascades and mountain torrents.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
PIERCE, Buffalo, N.Y.: Hardy, Cascade Co., Mont.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
There, a torrent rushes over crags, foaming and roaring in an everlasting cascade.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
And he loved to watch them as they fell in thin, silvery cascades upon the rocks far below.
"The Tale of Frisky Squirrel" by Arthur Scott Bailey
We drove through Siegfried's game-park, and at the cascades I was expected by Baron Muckicza, the other witness.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
Both rooms look west, and command a view of the "lake's billow" and the "cascade.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 6" by Lord Byron
The Cascades beyond break in Cispus Pass, and rise, on the left, to the glacier summits called Goat Peaks.
"The Mountain that was 'God'" by John H. Williams
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In poetry:

From the towering source of the world
In a thousand streams
Cascades the primeval blazing fountain,
Fragmenting silence,
Splitting its stone heart.
"Brahmā, Vişņu, Śiva " by Rabindranath Tagore
The hawthorn moved not, but still kept
As fixedly white as far cascade;
The russet squirrel frisked and leapt
From breadth of sheen to breadth of shade.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Deep gold-green ferns, and mosses red and gray,--
Mats for what naked myth's white feet?--
And, cool and calm, a cascade far away
With even-falling beat.
"The Wood" by Madison Julius Cawein
The wild March rains had fallen fast and long
The snowy mountains of the North among,
Making each vale a watercourse, each hill
Bright with the cascade of some new-made rill.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Beneath appears a place, all outward, bare,
Inward the dreary mansion of despair!
The water of the mountain-road, half-stray'd,
Breaks o'er it wild, and forms a brown cascade.
"The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto I" by Richard Savage
In odorous purple, where the falling warble
Of water cascades and the plunged foam glows,
A columned ruin lifts its sculptured marble
Friezed with the chiselled rebeck and the rose.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Straddling the Zimbabwe/Zambia border in Africa is Victoria Falls — a mammoth waterfall that cascades 360 feet down to the Zambezi River.
Two varieties, Cora Cascade and the Apricot Broadeye, are good choices for hanging baskets.
More than 200 students at Gallaudet University, Washington's flagship university for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, were displaced from Benson Hall when a pipe burst, sending water cascading through the residential building.
Watermark Grille at the Watermark County Club 5500 Cascade Rd SE 949-0570, ext.
After Anger, Well-Timed Reason In Cascade Locks.
Two longtime Cascade Locks residents showed both anger and voices of reason in a City Council meeting Monday that proved both fractured and cathartic.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports Cascade Middle School teacher Thomas Dorman is one of five teachers in the country to receive an award for excellence in secondary school teaching from Williams College.
With only three days left in the Cascade Conference season, South Whidbey's tennis players have been trying to wrap up their final games.
Idaho angler Bob Shindelar tied the state record for yellow perch Saturday, reeling in a 16-inch, 2.6-pound perch out of the frozen Lake Cascade.
Cascading, pendulous, twisted, yellowish green flowers that remind me of curled ribbon.
This little viola x pansy spreads or cascades.
Will Cascade try to cut off 'panhandling' in the township.
Man's arm caught in wood splitter in Cascade Township.
Bar Reviews No self-respecting Portlander should step foot inside W XYZ (9920 NE Cascades Parkway, 200-5678, wxyzportland.com).
Study Shows Climate Change Filling Cascade Meadow with Trees.
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In science:

Thus, this correlation reflects the correlation of the ω∆t process and is the same as observed in Refs [12, 13, 14] for the cascade models.
A multifractal random walk
We examine whether one variant of Dutch can add valuable information to the prediction of the other in cascaded or stacked classifiers.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
In the cascade and classifier combination experiments, the instances contain both graphemic and phonemic information.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
Generalisation accuracy of the cascaded approach and classifier combination.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
We can draw the type I DR-paths in a different way so that they look like the heights of a cascade of discrete polynuclear growth (PNG) models.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
We can define a cascade of height curves as follows.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
The picture will again be a cascade of PNG-type growth models but different from the one studied in sect. 2.4.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
We will define a certain random growth model, or rather a cascade of growth models, such that the probability distribution of the heights above the origin is given by the Schur measure introduced by Okounkov, .
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
If one takes the full Viennot construction one gets a cascade of growth models as proved by Okounkov, .
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
In a sense the cascade of growth models records the history of the growth process.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
We discuss the role of cascades of successive spin-flips in this model and link them with density-noise power fluctuations observed in recent experiments.
On random graphs and the statistical mechanics of granular matter
In spin models with finite connectivity such bursts arise quite naturally due to cascades of spin-flips.
On random graphs and the statistical mechanics of granular matter
The first spin thus acts as a ’plug’ releasing the neighbouring spins and setting off a cascade of successive spin-flips. A plug may also be composed of two or more sites, which need to have their spins flipped before neighbouring spins are released.
On random graphs and the statistical mechanics of granular matter
In other, lattice-based models [4, 8] of finitely connected granular media, however, cascades are also to be expected.
On random graphs and the statistical mechanics of granular matter
In consequence, the positrons cool more efficiently, the ICS-induced cascades are easier to achieve for positrons than electrons and thus a lower PFF (where Ek = 0) tends to be located above the stellar surface.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
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