Definition of cataract in English:

cataract

Line breaks: cata|ract
Pronunciation: /ˈkatərakt
 
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noun

1A large waterfall: the river descends in a succession of spectacular cataracts
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  • A cataract is also a waterfall - a glorious force that washes away so much you're glad to be rid of, perhaps with some cleansing tears as a finale.
  • The Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, built in 1899, stands at the site of the first cataract, or waterfall, of the Nile.
  • After a wet spell, the cataract is more spectacular, but the penalty is the state of the ground.
Synonyms
waterfall, cascade, falls, rapids, white water; torrent; downpour, shower; Northern Englishforce
Scottish archaic linn
1.1A sudden rush of water; a downpour: the rain enveloped us in a deafening cataract
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  • The current weather report is for, basically, the sky to collapse, typhoons, cataracts and hurricanes, spouting till they have drench'd our steeples, etc.
2A medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision: she had cataracts in both eyes
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  • The most common causes of visual impairment in the elderly include presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease included asthma and chronic bronchitis, and eye disease included cataracts and glaucoma.
  • This increased risk of falling may be the result of changes that come with aging plus other medical conditions, such as arthritis, cataracts, or hip surgery.
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Origin

late Middle English: from Latin cataracta 'waterfall, floodgate', also 'portcullis' (medical sense 2 probably being a figurative use of this), from Greek kataraktēs 'down-rushing', from katarassein, from kata- 'down' + arassein 'strike, smash'.

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