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cataract

cat·a·ract

cataract

 
 
pronunciation:
kae t raekt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a large waterfall.
Because of cataracts, the river was not navigable to the south.
similar words:
cascade, chute, falls, torrent, waterfall
definition 2: a heavy rush of water, such as a downpour or flood.
Houses were washed away in the cataract.
synonyms:
debacle, deluge, flood, torrent
similar words:
avalanche, cataclysm, downfall, downpour, pour, spate
definition 3: clouding of the lens or capsule of the eye, blocking out light and causing partial or total loss of sight.
The eye doctor recommended surgery to remove the cataract.
synonyms:
opacity
similar words:
blur, blurriness, dimness
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The word cataract contains the following part:
cata- Greek prefix that means down; completely, thoroughly; against; according to