What does the word cataract mean?

Usage examples for cataract

  1. The cataract of starbeams rushed past them in a flood of gold. – A Prisoner in Fairyland by Algernon Blackwood
  2. First I say I knew her when she first came to my class Turned seventeen just then- such blue- bell eyes, And such a cataract of dark brown hair, And such a brow, sweet lips, and such a way Of talking with a cunning gasp, as if To catch breath for the words. – Domesday Book by Edgar Lee Masters