cad-, cas-, cid-
(Latin: to fall, befall)
2. A big amount of something that hangs down: "Marge had a cascade of blond hair falling down her back."
3. Something that is falling in a progressive manner or a series of fast steps: "The decision of the government officials set off a cascade of negative responses by the general public."
"Jason watched as the religious pilgrims climbed on their knees up the cascade of stairs to the cathedral."
"Helena's dark hair cascaded down her back all the way to her waist."2. To move on to others through the years: "The poverty of past generations of the country has cascaded down into the present offspring."
In many cases, reliable statistics are not available in the government's reports.2. A process of an inquiry being conducted by the police: The authorities are trying to determine a case about a little girl's abduction as efforts are being made to find out who she is.
3. An instance of a disease or a medical problem: There are cases of thousands of people who are suffering from starvation.
Parents were asked to examine their children carefully because there were three cases of chicken pox in the school.4. Someone whose situation is regarded as having no chance of improvement: Rebecca had a sad case of pancreatic cancer and was not expected to live much longer.
5. A legal action; especially, something that is to be decided in a court of law: Sam's sister had her lawyer bring a libel case against her former employer for abuse.
6. In grammar, a form of a noun, pronoun, or adjective showing its relationship to other words in a sentence: The cases of personal pronouns are "nominative, objective", and "possessive"."
- The nominative cases are 1st person: I, we; 2nd person: you; 3rd person: he, she, it, they.
- The objective cases are 1st person: me, us; 2nd person: you; 3rd person: him, her, them, it.
- The possessive cases are 1st person: my, mine, our, ours; 2nd person: your, yours; 3rd person: his, her, hers, its, their, theirs.
8. Etymology: borrowed from old French cas which came from a Latin casus, "fall, chance" and cadere, "to fall".
2. Designed for or permitting ordinary behavior, dressing, etc.: "The attitude and environment at the educational meeting was more casual than usual."
3. Characteristic of being done without much thought, effort, or concern: "Rosetta's daughter takes the most casual way of doing her assigned home work."
4. Having some interest, but not very much and not seriously: "Hayden has a casual interest in watching sports on TV."
5. A reference to something that happens at certain times, but not regularly: "Helena does casual exercises at the fitness studio one in a while."
"When the wildfires swept through the canyon, old wooden structures were the most typical casualties of the blazes."
"Rebecca told her friend that the big tree in her backyard was a casualty of the strong hurricane winds yesterday."
Jim goes to the fitness studio every chance he can.
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