Waterfall vs Stickle - What's the difference?

waterfall | stickle |

As nouns the difference between waterfall and stickle

is that waterfall is a flow of water over the edge of a cliff while stickle is (uk|dialect) a shallow rapid in a river.

As verbs the difference between waterfall and stickle

is that waterfall is to fall like a waterfall while stickle is (obsolete) to act as referee or arbiter; to mediate.

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(en noun)
  • A flow of water over the edge of a cliff.
  • (figuratively) A waterfall-like outpouring of liquid, smoke, etc.
  • * A waterfall of mist from the open freezer.
  • (technical, computing, slang)
  • * ''A very long duration project [...] had taken a whole group of people through a painful waterfall development process.
  • Synonyms

    * (flow of water over the edge a cliff): cascade, cataract, sault

    Derived terms

    * coastal waterfall * waterfall bong * waterfall effect * waterfall illusion * waterfall model * waterfall stomach


  • To fall like a waterfall.
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  • Derived terms

    * waterfalled * waterfalling

    See also

    * smokefall




  • (obsolete) To act as referee or arbiter; to mediate.
  • To argue or struggle (for).
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • ‘She has other people than poor little you to think about, and has gone abroad with them; so you needn't be in the least afraid she'll stickle this time for her rights.’
  • To raise objections; to argue stubbornly, especially over minor or trivial matters.
  • (obsolete) To separate, as combatants; hence, to quiet, to appease, as disputants.
  • * Drayton
  • Which [question] violently they pursue, / Nor stickled would they be.
  • (obsolete) To intervene in; to stop, or put an end to, by intervening.
  • * Sir Philip Sidney
  • They ran to him, and, pulling him back by force, stickled that unnatural fray.
  • (obsolete) To separate combatants by intervening.
  • * Dryden
  • When he [the angel] sees half of the Christians killed, and the rest in a fair way of being routed, he stickles betwixt the remainder of God's host and the race of fiends.
  • (obsolete) To contend, contest, or altercate, especially in a pertinacious manner on insufficient grounds.
  • * Hudibras
  • Fortune, as she's wont, turned fickle, / And for the foe began to stickle .
  • * Dryden
  • for paltry punk they roar and stickle
  • * Hazlitt
  • the obstinacy with which he stickles for the wrong


    (en noun)
  • (UK, dialect) A shallow rapid in a river.
  • (UK, dialect) The current below a waterfall.
  • * W. Browne
  • Patient anglers, standing all the day / Near to some shallow stickle or deep bay.


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