This man is about to fall.
- 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.
intransitive verbfell, fall′en, fall′ing
- to come down by the force of gravity; drop; descend 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 pass to a position, condition, etc. regarded as lower 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 happen as if by dropping 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 occur 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 of fallMiddle 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
- [usually pl., often with sing. v.] 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 (noun), 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
Origin of fall< the v.
fall about (laughing)
fall (all) over oneself
- to take away friendship, support, etc.; desert a person, cause, etc.
- to become less in size, strength, etc.; specif., to grow thin and weak
fall back on
- 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 on
- to fall in love with; become infatuated with
- to be tricked or deceived by
fall foul 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
- to attack
- to be the duty of
- to have a disagreement or quarrel, as with a friend or relative, that leads to a breach with that person
- 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
take the fall
the Fall (of Man)
the fall of the cards
verbfell, fall·en, fall·ing, falls
- To drop or come down freely under the influence of gravity: Leaves fell from the tree.
- a. To drop oneself to a lower or less erect position: I fell back in my chair. The pilgrims fell to their knees.b. To lose an upright or erect position suddenly: tripped and fell.c. To drop wounded or dead, especially in battle.
- a. To hang down: The child's hair fell in ringlets.b. To be cast down: Her eyes fell.c. To be directed toward or come into contact; rest: My gaze fell upon the letter. The light fell on my book.
- a. To come into existence or occur as if by falling: A plague fell on the town. Night fell quickly.b. To occur at a specified time or place: The holiday falls on a Thursday. The stress falls on the last syllable.
- a. To be removed as if by falling: All grief fell from our hearts.b. To come forth as if by falling; issue: Did any thanks fall from their lips?
- To assume an expression of consternation or disappointment: His face fell when he heard the report.
- a. To undergo conquest or capture, especially as the result of an armed attack: The city fell after a long siege.b. To experience defeat or ruin: The home team fell to the visitors. After 300 years the dynasty fell.c. To lose office: The disgraced prime minister fell from power.
- a. To move downward to a lower level; be reduced: The tide fell.b. To slope downward: The land falls gently toward the sea.
- a. To become less in amount or degree: The air pressure is falling.b. To diminish in pitch or volume: My friend's voice fell to a whisper.c. To decline in financial value: Last year, stocks fell sharply.
- a. To give into temptation; suffer a moral lapse.b. Theology To lose primordial innocence and happiness. Used of humanity as a result of the Fall.
- To pass into a particular state, condition, or situation: fell silent; fall in love.
- To come, as by chance: fell among a band of thieves.
- 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.
- To apply oneself: fell to work immediately.
- 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.
- a. Something that has fallen: a fall of snow.b. An amount that has fallen: a fall of two inches of rain.c. 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. A reduction in value, amount, or degree: a fall in housing prices.b. A marked, often sudden, decline in status, rank, or importance: his fall from power.
- a. A moral lapse.b. 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.c. A family of woodcock in flight.
- Botany One of the outer, drooping segments of a flower, especially an iris.
- 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 of fallMiddle English fallen from Old English feallan
- (intransitive) To move downwards.
- To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
- Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.
- To come down, to drop or descend.
- The rain fell at dawn.
- To come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself.
- He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.
- To be brought to the ground.
- To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
- (UK, US, dialect, archaic) To fell; to cut down.
- to fall a tree
- (copulative) To become.
- She has fallen ill.
- The children fell asleep in the back of the car.
- When did you first fall in love?
- To occur (on a certain day of the week, date, or similar); said of an instance of a recurring event such as a holiday or date.
- Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday.
- Last year, Commencement fell on June 3.
- (intransitive) To collapse; to be overthrown or defeated.
- Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.
- (intransitive, formal, euphemistic) To die, especially in battle or by disease.
- This is a monument to all those who fell in the First World War.
- (intransitive) To become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc).
- The candidate's poll ratings fell abruptly after the banking scandal.
- (followed by a determining word or phrase) To become; to be affected by or befallen with a calamity; to change into the state described by words following; to become prostrated literally or figuratively .
- Our senator fell into disrepute because of the banking scandal.
- And so it falls to me to make this important decision.
- The estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.
- to fall into error; to fall into difficulties
- After arguing, they fell to blows.
- An unguarded expression fell from his lips.
- fell (verb, as in "to fell a tree", "to fell an opponent")
- The act of moving to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
- A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc.
- A loss of greatness or status.
- the fall of Rome
- (cricket, of a wicket) The action of a batsman being out.
- (curling) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown into an area to drift in a given direction
- (wrestling) An instance of a wrestler being pinned to the mat.
- (informal, US) Blame or punishment for a failure or misdeed.
- He set up his rival to take the fall.
- The part of the rope of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.
- See falls
- An old Scots unit of measure equal to six ells.
- fell (verb, as in "to fell a tree", "to fell an opponent")
From Middle English fallen, from Old English feallan (“to fall, fail, decay, die, attack”), from Proto-Germanic *fallaną (“to fall”), from Proto-Indo-European *pōl-, *spōl- (“to fall”). Cognate with West Frisian falle (“to fall”), Low German fallen (“to fall”), Dutch vallen (“to fall”), German fallen (“to fall”), Icelandic falla (“to fall”), Lithuanian pùlti, Ancient Greek σφάλλω (sphállō, “bring down, destroy, cause to stumble, deceive”).
- (theology) The sudden fall of humanity into a state of sin, as brought about by the transgression of Adam and Eve. [from 14th c.]