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Fall meaning

fall - 66 dictionary results

  1. 1. a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity; " a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index"; " there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery"; " a dip in prices"; " when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall"
  2. 2. go as if by falling; " Grief fell from our hearts"
  3. 3. occur at a specified time or place; " Christmas falls on a Monday this year"; " The accent falls on the first syllable"
  4. 4. begin vigorously; " The prisoners fell to work right away"
  5. 5. be born, used chiefly of lambs; " The lambs fell in the afternoon"
  6. 6. come out; issue; " silly phrases fell from her mouth"
  7. 7. be cast down; " his eyes fell"
  8. 8. fall or flow in a certain way; " This dress hangs well"; " Her long black hair flowed down her back"
  9. 9. descend in free fall under the influence of gravity; " The branch fell from the tree"; " The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse"
  10. 10. drop oneself to a lower or less erect position; " She fell back in her chair"; " He fell to his knees"
  11. 11. slope downward; " The hills around here fall towards the ocean"
  12. 12. move in a specified direction; " The line of men fall forward"
  13. 13. fall to somebody by assignment or lot; " The task fell to me"; " It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
  14. 14. be captured; " The cities fell to the enemy"
  15. 15. to be given by assignment or distribution; " The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team"; " The onus fell on us"; " The pressure to succeed fell on the yougest student"
  16. 16. to be given by right or inheritance; " The estate fell to the oldest daughter"
  17. 17. lose office or power; " The government fell overnight"; " The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat- sen"
  18. 18. suffer defeat, failure, or ruin; " We must stand or fall"; " fall by the wayside"
  19. 19. yield to temptation or sin; " Adam and Eve fell"
  20. 20. lose one's chastity; " a fallen woman"
  21. 21. die, as in battle or in a hunt; " Many soldiers fell at Verdun"; " Several deer have fallen to the same gun"; " The shooting victim fell dead"
  22. 22. be due; " payments fall on the 1st of the month"
  23. 23. come under, be classified or included; " fall into a category"; " This comes under a new heading"
  24. 24. To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to descend by the force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, the apple falls; the tide falls; the mercury falls in the barometer.
  25. 25. To cease to be erect; to take suddenly a recumbent posture; to become prostrate; to drop; as, a child totters and falls; a tree falls; a worshiper falls on his knees.
  26. 26. To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle.
  27. 27. To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the wind falls.
  28. 28. To decline in power, glory, wealth, or importance; to become insignificant; to lose rank or position; to decline in weight, value, price etc.; to become less; as, the falls; stocks fell two points.
  29. 29. To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed.
  30. 30. To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin; to depart from the faith; to apostatize; to sin.
  31. 31. To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; asm to fall into error; to fall into difficulties.
  32. 32. To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, our spirits rise and fall with our fortunes.
  33. 33. To pass somewhat suddenly, and passively, into a new state of body or mind; to become; as, to fall asleep; to fall into a passion; to fall in love; to fall into temptation.
  34. 34. To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to issue; to terminate.
  35. 35. To come; to occur; to arrive.
  36. 36. To begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or hurry; as, they fell to blows.
  37. 37. To pass or be transferred by chance, lot, distribution, inheritance, or otherwise; as, the estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.
  38. 38. To belong or appertain.
  39. 39. To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, an unguarded expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from him.
  40. 40. To let fall; to drop.
  41. 41. To sink; to depress; as, to fall the voice.
  42. 42. To diminish; to lessen or lower.
  43. 43. To bring forth; as, to fall lambs.
  44. 44. To fell; to cut down; as, to fall a tree.
  45. 45. The act of falling; a dropping or descending be the force of gravity; descent; as, a fall from a horse, or from the yard of ship.
  46. 46. The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice, and had a fall.
  47. 47. Death; destruction; overthrow; ruin.
  48. 48. Downfall; degradation; loss of greatness or office; termination of greatness, power, or dominion; ruin; overthrow; as, the fall of the Roman empire.
  49. 49. The surrender of a besieged fortress or town ; as, the fall of Sebastopol.
  50. 50. Diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation; as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents.
  51. 51. A sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at the close of a sentence.
  52. 52. Declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope.
  53. 53. The discharge of a river or current of water into the ocean, or into a lake or pond; as, the fall of the Po into the Gulf of Venice.
  54. 54. Extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as, the water of a stream has a fall of five feet.
  55. 55. The season when leaves fall from trees; autumn.
  56. 56. That which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy fall of snow.
  57. 57. The act of felling or cutting down.
  58. 58. Lapse or declension from innocence or goodness. Specifically: The first apostasy; the act of our first parents in eating the forbidden fruit; also, the apostasy of the rebellious angels.
  59. 59. Formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling band; a faule.
  60. 60. That part ( as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.
  61. 61. To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; - with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the Mediterranean.
  62. 62. To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; - said of the young of certain animals.
  63. 63. To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; - said of the countenance.
  64. 64. Descent of water; a cascade; a cataract; a rush of water down a precipice or steep; - usually in the plural, sometimes in the singular; as, the falls of Niagara.
  65. 65. Act of failing; descent; decline in value; autumn; a cascade; lapse from innocence, & c.
  66. 66. To descend by force of gravity; decline; sink; abandon virtue, faith, & c.; happen; rush.

fall - examples of usage

  1. " I don't think so; but the poor beggar's had a bad fall. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  2. You'll fall in love one day, Norah." - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
  3. There wasn't even a fisherman left there to fall in love with. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
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