- The definition of a fall is an often unexpected drop or descent or the season that comes after summer and before winter.
- An example of fall is a tumble to the ground.
- An example of fall is the month of November.
- Fall is defined as to drop or come down, often unexpectedly.
An example of fall is to trip and tumble to the ground during a run.
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- to come down because detached, pushed, dropped, etc.; move down and land forcibly: apples fall from the tree to come down suddenly from a standing or sitting position; tumble; topple; become prostrate to be wounded or killed in battle to come down in ruins; collapse: the building fell to hang down: hair falling about her shoulders
- to take a downward direction: land falling away to the sea to become lower in amount, number, degree, intensity, value, etc.; drop; abate: prices fell to lose power; be overthrown: the government has fallen to lose status, reputation, dignity, etc. to yield to temptation; do wrong; sin; specif. in earlier use (esp. of women), to lose chastity to be captured or conquered to take on a look of disappointment or dejection: his face fell to become lower in pitch or volume: her voice fell
- to take place; occur: the meeting fell on a Friday to come by lot, distribution, inheritance, etc.: the estate falls to the son to pass into a specified condition; become: to fall ill, to fall in love to come at a specified place: the accent falls on the third syllable to be directed by chance: his eye fell on a misspelled word to be spoken in an involuntary way: the news fell from his lips to be born: said of animals to be divided (into): to fall into two classes
Origin: Middle English fallen ; from Old English feallan, to fall, akin to German fallen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form phol-, to fall from source Lithuanian púolu, to fall
- a dropping; descending; coming down
- a coming down suddenly from a standing or sitting position
- a hanging down, or a part hanging down
- a downward direction or slope
- a becoming lower or less; reduction in value, price, etc.
- a lowering of the voice in pitch or volume
- a capture; overthrow; ruin
- a loss of status, reputation, etc.
- a yielding to temptation; wrongdoing; moral lapse
- a birth: said of animals
- the number of animals born at one birth; litter
- something that has fallen: a fall of leaves
- a felling of trees, or timber felled at one time
- that season of the year in which many trees lose their leaves; autumn: in the North Temperate Zone, generally regarded as including the months of September, October, and November
- the amount of what has fallen: a six-inch fall of snow
- the distance that something falls
- water falling over a cliff, etc.; cascade
- a broad, turned-down ruff or collar worn in the 17th cent.
- Now Rare a kind of veil hanging from the back of a woman's hat
- lace, ruffles, or other trimming on a dress, usually hanging from the collar
- a long tress of hair, often synthetic, used by a woman to fill out her coiffure
- Mech. the loose end of the rope, cable, etc. used in a block and tackle
- either of the lines used to lower or hoist a boat at the davits
- in a tackle (), the part of a rope between the free end and a pulley or between pulleys
- the act of holding an opponent down so that both shoulders touch the mat for a specified time period; pin
- a bout or a division of a match
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verb fell fell , fall·en , fall·ing, falls verb, intransitive
- To drop or come down freely under the influence of gravity.
- To drop oneself to a lower or less erect position: I fell back in my chair. The pilgrims fell to their knees.
- a. To lose an upright or erect position suddenly.b. To drop wounded or dead, especially in battle.
- To go or come as if by falling: All grief fell from our hearts. Night fell quickly.
- To come to rest; settle: The light fell on my book.
- To hang down: The child's hair fell in ringlets.
- To be cast down: Her eyes fell.
- To assume an expression of consternation or disappointment: His face fell when he heard the report.
- To undergo conquest or capture, especially as the result of an armed attack: The city fell after a long siege.
- a. To experience defeat or ruin: After 300 years the dynasty fell.b. To lose office: The disgraced prime minister fell from power.
- To slope downward: The rolling hills fall gently toward the coast.
- a. To lessen in amount or degree: The air pressure is falling.b. To decline in financial value: Last year, stocks fell sharply.
- To diminish in pitch or volume: My friend's voice fell to a whisper.
- a. To give in to temptation; sin.b. Theology To lose primordial innocence and happiness. Used of humanity as a result of the Fall.c. To lose one's chastity.
- To pass into a particular state, condition, or situation: fell silent; fall in love.
- To occur at a specified time: New Year's Day falls on a Tuesday this year.
- To occur at a specified place: The stress falls on the last syllable.
- To come, as by chance: fell among a band of thieves; a thought that fell into his mind.
- a. To be given by assignment or distribution: The greatest task fell to me.b. To be given by right or inheritance.
- To be included within the range or scope of something: The specimens fall into three categories.
- 21. To come into contact; strike: My gaze fell on a small book in the corner.
- 22. To come out; issue: Insincere compliments fell from their lips.
- 23. To apply oneself: fell to work immediately.
- 24. To be born. Used chiefly of lambs.
- The act or an instance of falling.
- A sudden drop from a relatively erect to a less erect position.
- Something that has fallen: a fall of hail.
- a. An amount that has fallen: a fall of two inches of rain.b. The distance that something falls: The victim suffered a fall of three stories to the ground.
- falls (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A waterfall.
- A downward movement or slope.
- Any of several pendent articles of dress, especially:a. A veil hung from a woman's hat and down her back.b. An ornamental cascade of lace or trimming attached to a dress, usually at the collar.c. A woman's hairpiece with long, free-hanging hair.
- a. An overthrow; a collapse: the fall of a government.b. Armed capture of a place under siege: the fall of Troy.
- A reduction in value, amount, or degree.
- A marked, often sudden, decline in status, rank, or importance: “turned them in, set them up for prosecution; positioned them, as it were, for the fall” (Joan Didion).
- a. A moral lapse.b. A loss of chastity.
- often Fall Theology The loss of humanity's original innocence and happiness resulting from Adam and Eve's eating of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
- Sports a. The act of holding a wrestling opponent on his or her back so that the shoulders remain in contact with the mat for a designated period, usually one or two seconds, thereby winning the match. Also called pin.b. Any of various wrestling maneuvers resulting in such an act.
- Nautical a. A break or rise in the level of a deck.b. falls The apparatus used to hoist and transfer cargo or lifeboats.
- The end of a cable, rope, or chain that is pulled by the power source in hoisting.
- a. The birth of an animal, especially a lamb.b. All the animals born at one birth; a litter.
- A family of woodcock in flight. See Synonyms at flock1.
- Botany The outer series of perianth in the irises and related plants.
- Of, having to do with, occurring in, or appropriate to the season of fall: fall fashion; fall harvests.
- Grown during the season of fall: fall crops.
Origin: Middle English fallen, from Old English feallan.
fall - Phrases/Idioms
fall (all) over oneselfâ
- to take away friendship, support, etc.; desert
- to become less in size, strength, etc.; specif., to grow thin and weak
fall back onor fall back upon
- to turn, or return, to for security or help
- to retreat to
- to be outdistanced; drop behind
- to fail to pay on time; be in arrears
fall down onâ
fall forâ Informal
- to fall in love with; become infatuated with
- to be tricked or deceived by
fall foul ofor fall afoul of
- to collide with or become entangled with
- to get into trouble or conflict with
- to collapse inward; cave in
- to agree
- Mil. to line up in proper formation
fall in with
- to meet by chance
- to meet and join
- to agree with; comply with
- to become smaller, less, lighter, etc.
- to become worse; decline
- Naut. to swing away from the heading, often, specif., to leeward
fall onor fall upon
- to attack
- to be the duty of
- to have a disagreement; quarrel
- to happen; result
- Mil. to leave one's place in a formation
- to be lacking
- to fail to meet a standard or goal: with of
- to start attacking
- to start eating
- to come under (an influence, etc.)
- to be listed or classified as
ride for a fall
the Fall (of Man)
the fall of the cards
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- fall back /upon
- To rely on: fall back on old friends in time of need.
- To resort to: I had to fall back on my savings when I was unemployed.
fall between (the) two stools
- To fail miserably when attempting to achieve a result.
- To have no effect: The jokes fell flat.
- fall /afoul Nautical
- To collide. Used of vessels.
- To clash: fell foul of the law.
fall from grace
fall into line
fall in with
- To agree with or be in harmony with: Their views fall in with ours.
- To associate or begin to associate with: fell in with the wrong crowd.
fall on deaf ears
fall over (oneself)
fall prey to
- To fail to attain a specified amount, level, or degree: an athlete whose skill fell far short of expectations.
- To prove inadequate: Food supplies fell short.
fall through the cracks