waterfall

Definitions

  • A man peers over the top edge of one of the waterfalls; a woman and dog are nearby
    A man peers over the top edge of one of the waterfalls; a woman and dog are nearby
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n waterfall a steep descent of the water of a river
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials
A regular waterfall of tears came gushing from her eyes, flooding all around her A regular waterfall of tears came gushing from her eyes, flooding all around her
ROMSDALS WATERFALL ROMSDALS WATERFALL

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Angel Falls in Venezuela is the highest waterfall in the world, its waters drop from over 3,200 feet.
    • Waterfall A certain kind of neck scarf.
    • Waterfall A fall, or perpendicular descent, of the water of a river or stream, or a descent nearly perpendicular; a cascade; a cataract.
    • Waterfall (Hairdressing) An arrangement of a woman's back hair over a cushion or frame in some resemblance to a waterfall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela, has a total drop of 3,121 feet.
    • n waterfall A steep fall or flow of water from a height; a cascade; a cataract.
    • n waterfall A neck-tie or scarf with long drooping ends.
    • n waterfall A chignon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Waterfall a fall or perpendicular descent of a body of water: a cataract or cascade:
    • Waterfall (coll.) a neck-tie, a chignon
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Quotations

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    “A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wæter; Dut. water, Ger. wasser; Gr. hydōr, L. udus, wet, unda, a wave, Sans. udan, water.

Usage

In literature:

It will take me five minutes to run down the hill, five minutes to say my say, and five to get to the waterfall.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
On raising the tubes a perfect roar as of a waterfall was heard.
"Blown to Bits" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
Waterfalls from the Kaumayok Mountains.
"Journal of a Voyage from Okkak, on the Coast of Labrador, to Ungava Bay, Westward of Cape Chudleigh" by Benjamin Kohlmeister and George Kmoch
The bed of the river had been growing steeper, and at the upper entrance of the little park he came to the first waterfall he had seen.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
They went down the River St. Lawrence, working their way over rapids and waterfalls.
"Stories of American Life and Adventure" by Edward Eggleston
Jack escaped by hiding behind a waterfall.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
A high price to pay for a comic opera, even with real waterfalls!
"Books and Persons" by Arnold Bennett
Here the deep solitude is broken by no murmuring brooks, no warblings of birds, no thunder of the waterfall.
"The Man-Wolf and Other Tales" by Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
Through a crevice in the right wall of the dome is a waterfall.
"Rambles in the Mammoth Cave, during the Year 1844" by Alexander Clark Bullitt
It rained heavily in the night, and we saw the waterfalls in perfection.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
But above the fifth waterfall the stream divided into two branches, and at the fork of them I stood for a while in doubt which to choose.
"Poison Island" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
Cross the Aeeze (which makes the waterfall) fifteen yards wide and knee deep.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868" by David Livingstone
Then she hid her fine dresses by a crystal waterfall and went up to the castle gates and asked for work.
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
It's got a waterfall.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on an Auto Tour" by Laura Lee Hope
We are going over toward the waterfall.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Camp Rest-A-While" by Laura Lee Hope
She called out that the waterfall drew her.
"The Chief Legatee" by Anna Katharine Green
Are we advancing towards some mighty waterfall which shall cast us into the abyss?
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
This portage is very short, and is made to surmount a pretty large waterfall.
"Hudson Bay" by R.M. Ballantyne
Now, we can go over the waterfall to-day if you don't mind.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
A beautiful waterfall on terraces faced us.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
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In poetry:

As leaving some grand waterfall,
We, lingering, list its roar—
So memory will hallow all
We’ve known, but know no more.
"My Childhood Home I See Again" by Abraham Lincoln
The waterfall is calling me
With its merry gleesome flow,
And the green boughs are beckoning me,
To where the wild flowers grow:
"A Lament For The Wissahiccon" by Frances Anne Kemble
Stoop closer to the ruined wall,
Whereon the wilful wilding sleeps,
As if its home were waterfall
By dripping clefts and shadowy steeps.
"Moss on a Wall" by Henry Kendall
Behind a laughing waterfall
There lies a little fount of tears,
Deep, dark, and rarely seen at all
By those the sparkling torrent cheers.
"To C...." by John Lawson Stoddard
For what are hours,—and what are all
The tributes of man's praise and prayer?
Mere sparkles of a waterfall
That melt into the viewless air.
"Humble Worship" by John Bowring
I heard the distant ocean call,
Imploring and entreating;
Drawn onward, o'er this rocky wall
I plunged, and the loud waterfall
Made answer to the greeting.
"Mad River, In The White Mountains" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Frozen Flamingo Pond & Waterfall at Wildlife Safari.
Frozen Flamingo Pond & Waterfall at Wild.
Waterfalls flow into the spa and swimming pool.
After an unusually long stretch with no water, Yosemite National Park's beloved waterfalls are flowing again.
Excavating the 100-foot-high waterfall was the easy part.
Tease the base of the ponytail to get Eva Longoria's "waterfall effect," says Monahan.
Warm up with hot springs , cool off with waterfalls in Oregon.
Search called off as Canmore kayaker , 19, disappears after going over waterfall near Whistler (with video).
27-year-old in serious condition after 30-foot drop from waterfall.
Every February Yosemite waterfall turns to ' lava '.
The name was changed in 1891 despite the fact that there was no waterfall there at the time.
The new training program funded by Alcoa Foundation will benefit areas like Dettifoss waterfall in Iceland's Vatnajokull National Park.
Kayakers like Christie Glissmeyer, who notched the women's waterfall world record on 82-foot Metlako Falls last year and bartends at night to accommodate her paddling schedule.
Waterfalls, bison, and geysers: an ultimate family trip through Montana and Wyoming.
Waterfalls, bison, and geysers: plan the ultimate trip through Montana and Wyoming.
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In science:

Royce’s waterfall model (left) reproduced from Royce 1970.
ECSS in the eXtreme
Yet large organisations still wish to see developments like Gaia in a more traditional waterfall model.
ECSS in the eXtreme
Indeed these days there are few if any software companies remaining who follow the waterfall approach to development.
ECSS in the eXtreme
The European Space Agency (ESA) generally is more involved with satellite construction which follows a waterfall model of development.
ECSS in the eXtreme
M / λ a process known as the “waterfall” phase transition.
Gravitational Waves From the End of Inflation: Computational Strategies
Along the inflationary direction φ, the potential is flat but has a slope towards the waterfall point φc , where the minimum of ψ turns into a maximum: the steepest direction in field space is now ψ , and the system moves towards its true minimum.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Thus, the resulting inflationary model has the characteristics of hybrid inflation, where φ2 is the field fixed during inflation, and ˜φ(c) the waterfall point.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Waterfall model can be thought of as a linear sequence of events.
Mathematical Principles in Software Quality Engineering
This might also be true in hybrid inflation [22, 23], although it is rather non-trivial because the inflaton oscillates around the origin while the waterfall field oscillates around a large VEV.
Dissipative Effects on Reheating after Inflation
By ‘hybrid modular’ inflation, I mean hybrid inflation in which (i) the waterfall field is a modulus and (ii) the inflaton mass comes from gravity mediated supersymmetry breaking.
Which is the best inflation model?
The use of a waterfall target provided simultaneous cross-section data for the elementary p(e, e(cid:48)K + )Λ reaction.
Recent Experimental Results from JLab
On the bifurcation set, the waterfall field which interacts with the inflatons φa (a = 1, 2) gets the negative mass and the large vacuum energy ∼ U0 is transferred into the oscillation energy of the waterfall field and into the radiation energy which interacts with the waterfall field.
Manifestly gauge invariant theory of the nonlinear cosmological perturbations in the leading order of the gradient expansion
It is claimed in that unit testing was done manually and before coding in a waterfall-model based software process.
About Instruction Sequence Testing
This dual role is played by a single isocurvature field which is massless during inflation but acquire a mass at the end of inflation via the waterfall phase transition.
Curvaton and the inhomogeneous end of inflation
If the local variations of an isocurvature field, coupled to the waterfall field, alter the point at which the false vacuum becomes unstable then they will lead to a primordial density perturbation [13–21].
Curvaton and the inhomogeneous end of inflation
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