An example of fall is to trip and tumble to the ground during a run.
Leaves fell from the tree.
Fell to work immediately.
His face fell when he heard the report.
Fell silent; fall in love.
A six-inch fall of snow.
- A veil hung from a woman's hat and down her back.
- An ornamental cascade of lace or trimming attached to a dress, usually at the collar.
- A woman's hairpiece with long, free-hanging hair.
After arguing, they fell to blows.
An unguarded expression fell from his lips.
Fell among a band of thieves.
The specimens fall into three categories.
Fall fashion; fall harvests.
Apples fall from the tree.
The building fell.
Hair falling about her shoulders.
Land falling away to the sea.
The government has fallen.
His face fell.
Her voice fell.
The meeting fell on a Friday.
The estate falls to the son.
To fall ill, to fall in love.
The accent falls on the third syllable.
His eye fell on a misspelled word.
The news fell from his lips.
To fall into two classes.
- To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity.Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.
- The rain fell at dawn.
- He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.
- To be brought to the ground.
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.
- Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.
- 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.
He set up his rival to take the fall.
An example of fall is a tumble to the ground.
An example of fall is the month of November.
To fall into error; to fall into difficulties.
- 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.
- To fail because of an inability to reconcile or choose between two courses of action.
- To fail miserably when attempting to achieve a result.
- To have no effect:The jokes fell flat.
- To collide. Used of vessels.
- To clash:Fell foul of the law.
- To experience a major reduction in status or prestige.
- To adhere to established rules or predetermined courses of action.
- 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.
- To go unheeded; be ignored completely:
- To overexert oneself to do or accomplish something:We fell over backward to complete the project on time.
- To display inordinate, typically effusive, enthusiasm:Fell over themselves to impress the general's wife.
- To be put into such a vulnerable position as to be at risk of harm, destruction, or invasion:A person who fell prey to swindlers; did not want the country to fall prey to terrorists.
- 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.
- To pass unnoticed, neglected, or unchecked:
- To break apart; disintegrate or collapse.
- To become distraught or lose one's ability to cope.
- to laugh uproariously or uncontrollably
- to behave in too eager or zealous a manner
- to come among by chance
- to crumble, disintegrate, disunite, etc.
- to take away friendship, support, etc.; desert a person, cause, etc.
- to become less in size, strength, etc.; specif., to grow thin and weak
- to withdraw; give way; retreat
- 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
- to fail or be unsuccessful in (a job, etc.)
- to fall in love with; become infatuated with
- to be tricked or deceived by
- to collide with or become entangled with
- to get into trouble or conflict with
- to collapse inward; cave in
- to agree
- to line up in proper formation
- to meet by chance
- to meet and join
- to agree with; comply with
- to become smaller, less, lighter, etc.
- to become worse; decline
- 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
- to leave one's place in a formation
- to be lacking
- to fail to meet a standard or goal
- to come to nothing; fail
- to begin; start
- to come under (an influence, etc.)
- to be listed or classified as
- to behave in a manner likely to cause one trouble or injury
- to take the blame or suffer the consequences in place of someone else
- Adam's sin of yielding to temptation in eating the forbidden fruit, and his subsequent loss of grace
- the chance distribution of cards in a given deal
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of fall
- Middle English fallen from Old English feallan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).