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Cataract meaning

cataract - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. A great fall of water over a precipice; a large waterfall.
  2. 2. An opacity of the crystalline lens, or of its capsule, which prevents the passage of the rays of light and impairs or destroys the sight.
  3. 3. A kind of hydraulic brake for regulating the action of pumping engines and other machines; - sometimes called dashpot.
  4. 4. A large water fall; opacity of the lens of the eye.

cataract - examples of usage

  1. It rushed into our sight, glittering in the moonbeams, a moving cataract, tossing before it ancient trees, and snapping them against its banks. - "Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales", Thomas Mitchell.
  2. White haired and wrinkled, but with a clear, rosy skin like a boy's; his soft blue eyes had shone with light, but a cataract had developed, and gradually his sight had left him till he could barely see the crucifix in his cell and the fingers of his hand; at last he could only see the light. - "Orientations", William Somerset Maugham.
  3. They took rooms at the Cataract House, and spent a week in making excursions through the magnificent scenery around the Falls. - "Her Mother's Secret", Emma D. E. N. Southworth.
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