Meaning of “waterfall” in the English Dictionary

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"waterfall" in British English

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waterfallnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɔː.tə.fɔːl/ us /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ.fɑːl/

B1 water, especially from a river or stream, dropping from a higher to a lower point, sometimes from a great height

Examples

  • This tour takes in the area's best-known natural features, including the Gullfoss waterfall.
  • "Just look at that waterfall! Isn't it amazing?" she marvelled.
  • Can you feel the spray from the waterfall?
  • I couldn't hear what he was saying over the thunder of the waterfall.

Examples from literature

  • It’s the largest waterfall in the world. 
  • One of the most amazing BASE jumps is the jump from Angel Falls in Venezuela, the world’s highest waterfall. 
  • People love to visit waterfalls. 
  • Some things in nature, like waterfalls, are beautiful. 
  • The Devil's Swimming Pool is on the edge of the waterfall. 
  • The name waterfall says it all – water falls from a high place to a lower place. 
  • Waterfalls are beautiful. 
  • We walked next to the river until we came to the waterfall. 

(Definition of “waterfall” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"waterfall" in American English

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waterfallnoun [ C ]

us /ˈwɔ·t̬ərˌfɔl, ˈwɑt̬·ər-/

water from a river or stream falling over an edge of rock to a much lower level

(Definition of “waterfall” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)