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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kat-uh-rakt]
    • /ˈkæt əˌrækt/
    • /ˈkæt.ə.rækt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kat-uh-rakt]
    • /ˈkæt əˌrækt/

Definitions of cataract word

  • countable noun cataract Cataracts are layers over a person's eyes that prevent them from seeing properly. Cataracts usually develop because of old age or illness. 3
  • countable noun cataract A cataract is a large waterfall. 3
  • noun cataract a large waterfall or rapids 3
  • noun cataract a deluge; downpour 3
  • noun cataract partial or total opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye 3
  • noun cataract the opaque area 3

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Origin of cataract

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English cataracte < Latin catar(r)acta < Greek katarráktēs waterfall, floodgate, portcullis (noun), downrushing (adj.), akin to katarássein to dash down, equivalent to kat- cata- + arássein to smite

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Parts of speech for Cataract


cataract popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for cataract

noun cataract

  • flood — a great flowing or overflowing of water, especially over land not usually submerged.
  • torrent — a stream of water flowing with great rapidity and violence.
  • deluge — A deluge of things is a large number of them which arrive or happen at the same time.
  • rapids — occurring within a short time; happening speedily: rapid growth.
  • waterfall — a steep fall or flow of water in a watercourse from a height, as over a precipice; cascade.

verb cataract

  • descend — If you descend or if you descend a staircase, you move downwards from a higher to a lower level.
  • detrain — to leave or cause to leave a railway train, as passengers, etc
  • prolapse — Pathology. a falling down of an organ or part, as the uterus, from its normal position.
  • cave in — If something such as a roof or a ceiling caves in, it collapses inwards.
  • deplane — to disembark from an aeroplane

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