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1. A waterfall or a series of small waterfalls over steep rocks.
2. Something, such as lace, thought to resemble a waterfall or series of small waterfalls, especially an arrangement or fall of material.
3. A heavy, uncontrolled outpouring: a cascade of abusive comments.
a. A succession of stages, processes, operations, or units.
b. Electronics A series of components or networks, the output of each of which serves as the input for the next.
c. A chemical or physiological process that occurs in successive stages, each of which is dependent on the preceding one, and often producing a cumulative effect: an enzymatic cascade.
v. cas·cad·ed, cas·cad·ing, cas·cades
1. To fall in or as if in a cascade: "Morning glory vines ... cascaded over old-fashioned bamboo lattices" (Mary Yukari Waters).
2. To occur in a sequence or successive stages: circumstances that cascaded into a crisis.
1. To cause to fall in or as if in a cascade: cascaded the ingredients into the bowl.
2. To cause to occur in a sequence or successive stages: wholesale price reductions that are cascaded down to the consumer.
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|Noun||1.||Cascades - a mountain range in the northwestern United States extending through Washington and Oregon and northern California; a part of the Coast Range|
Mount Saint Helens, Mount St. Helens, Mt. St. Helens - an active volcano in the Cascade Range in southwestern Washington; erupted violently in 1980 after 123 years of inactivity
Mount Adams, Adams - a mountain peak in southwestern Washington in the Cascade Range (12,307 feet high)
Coast Mountains, Coast Range - a string of mountain ranges along the Pacific coast of North America from southeastern Alaska to Lower California