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waterfall Line breaks: water|fall
Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːtəfɔːl/

Definition of waterfall in English:


A cascade of water falling from a height, formed when a river or stream flows over a precipice or steep incline.
Example sentences
  • It is mantled with rainforest and there are rivers, lakes and waterfalls.
  • Like water flowing down a waterfall, the teams smashed into one another.
  • Fast-flowing rivers create spectacular waterfalls, gorges and a myriad of caves.
cascade, cataract, shower, torrent, outpouring, white water, chute;
Northern English  force
Scottish archaic linn


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Relating to or denoting a method of project management that is characterized by sequential stages and a fixed plan of work: each phase of a waterfall project must be complete prior to moving to the next phase Contrasted with agile (sense 2).
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  • Traditional waterfall methods for developing software are rapidly declining in popularity as more recently developed Agile methodologies are increasingly adopted.
  • Waterfall methods do hold value for certain projects and some development teams.
  • The team started off the project using a typical waterfall development model.
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