Pronunciation: fạl
v. i.1.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.
[imp. Fell (fĕl); p. p. Fallen (fạl"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Falling.]
I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
- Luke x. 18.
2.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.
I fell at his feet to worship him.
- Rev. xix. 10.
3.To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; - with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the Mediterranean.
4.To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle.
A thousand shall fall at thy side.
- Ps. xci. 7.
5.To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the wind falls.
6.To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; - said of the young of certain animals.
7.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 price falls; stocks fell two points.
8.To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed.
9.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.
10.To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; as, to fall into error; to fall into difficulties.
11.To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; - said of the countenance.
12.To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, our spirits rise and fall with our fortunes.
13.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.
14.To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to issue; to terminate.
Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall.
- Ruth. iii. 18.
They do not make laws, they fall into customs.
- H. Spencer.
15.To come; to occur; to arrive.
16.To begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or hurry; as, they fell to blows.
They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart and soul.
- Jowett (Thucyd. ).
17.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.
18.To belong or appertain.
19.To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, an unguarded expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from him.
To fall abroad of
(Naut.) to strike against; - applied to one vessel coming into collision with another.
To fall among
to come among accidentally or unexpectedly.
To fall astern
(Naut.) to move or be driven backward; to be left behind; as, a ship falls astern by the force of a current, or when outsailed by another.
To fall away
a - To lose flesh; to become lean or emaciated; to pine.
b - To renounce or desert allegiance; to revolt or rebel.
c - To renounce or desert the faith; to apostatize.
d - To perish; to vanish; to be lost.
- Luke viii. 13.
e - To decline gradually; to fade; to languish, or become faint.
- Addison.
To fall back
a - To recede or retreat; to give way.
- Addison.
b - To fail of performing a promise or purpose; not to fulfill.
To fall back upon
a - (Mil.) To retreat for safety to (a stronger position in the rear, as to a fort or a supporting body of troops).
b - To have recourse to (a reserved fund, a more reliable alternative, or some other available expedient or support).
To fall calm
to cease to blow; to become calm.
To fall down
a - To prostrate one's self in worship.
b - To sink; to come to the ground.
- Ps. lxxii. 11.
c - To bend or bow, as a suppliant.
- Dryden.
d - (Naut.) To sail or drift toward the mouth of a river or other outlet.
To fall flat
to produce no response or result; to fail of the intended effect; as, his speech fell flat.
To fall foul of
a - (Naut.) To have a collision with; to become entangled with
b - To attack; to make an assault upon.
To fall from
to recede or depart from; not to adhere to; as, to fall from an agreement or engagement; to fall from allegiance or duty.
To fall from grace
(M. E. Ch.) to sin; to withdraw from the faith.
To fall home
(Ship Carp.) to curve inward; - said of the timbers or upper parts of a ship's side which are much within a perpendicular.
To fall in
a - To sink inwards; as, the roof fell in.
b - (Mil.) To take one's proper or assigned place in line; as, to fall in on the right.
c - To come to an end; to terminate; to lapse; as, on the death of Mr. B., the annuuity, which he had so long received, fell in.
d - To become operative.
To fall into one's hands
to pass, often suddenly or unexpectedly, into one's ownership or control; as, to spike cannon when they are likely to fall into the hands of the enemy.
- Macaulay.
To fall in with
a - To meet with accidentally; as, to fall in with a friend.
b - (Naut.) To meet, as a ship; also, to discover or come near, as land.
c - To concur with; to agree with; as, the measure falls in with popular opinion.
d - To comply; to yield to.
To fall off
a - To drop; as, fruits fall off when ripe.
- Addison.
b - To withdraw; to separate; to become detached; as, friends fall off in adversity.
c - To perish; to die away; as, words fall off by disuse.
- Shak.
d - To apostatize; to forsake; to withdraw from the faith, or from allegiance or duty.
v. t.1.To let fall; to drop.
2.To sink; to depress; as, to fall the voice.
3.To diminish; to lessen or lower.
4.To bring forth; as, to fall lambs.
5.To fell; to cut down; as, to fall a tree.
n.1.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.
2.The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice, and had a fall.
3.Death; destruction; overthrow; ruin.
They thy fall conspire.
- Denham.
4.Downfall; degradation; loss of greatness or office; termination of greatness, power, or dominion; ruin; overthrow; as, the fall of the Roman empire.
Beholds thee glorious only in thy fall.
- Pope.
5.The surrender of a besieged fortress or town ; as, the fall of Sebastopol.
6.Diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation; as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents.
7.A sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at the close of a sentence.
8.Declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope.
9.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.
10.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.
11.Extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as, the water of a stream has a fall of five feet.
12.The season when leaves fall from trees; autumn.
13.That which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy fall of snow.
14.The act of felling or cutting down.
15.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.
16.Formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling band; a faule.
17.That part (as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.
Fall herring
(Zool.) a herring of the Atlantic (Clupea mediocris); - also called tailor herring, and hickory shad.
To try a fall
to try a bout at wrestling.
- Shak.
Noun1.Fallfall - the season when the leaves fall from the trees; "in the fall of 1973"
Synonyms: autumn
2.fall - a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
Synonyms: tumble, spill
3.Fall - the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve; "women have been blamed ever since the Fall"
4.fall - a downward slope or bend
5.fall - a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity; "a fall from virtue"
6.fall - a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"
Synonyms: downfall
rise - a growth in strength or number or importance
7.fall - a movement downward; "the rise and fall of the tides"
rising, ascension, ascent, rise - a movement upward; "they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon"
8.fall - the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions); "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort"
9.fall - the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night"
10.fall - when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
Synonyms: pin
11.fall - a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
Synonyms: drop
12.fall - 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"
Synonyms: free fall, drop, dip
Verb1.fall - descend in free fall under the influence of gravity; "The branch fell from the tree"; "The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse"
2.fall - move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"
go up, move up, rise, lift, arise, come up, uprise - move upward; "The fog lifted"; "The smoke arose from the forest fire"; "The mist uprose from the meadows"
3.fall - pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind; "fall into a trap"; "She fell ill"; "They fell out of favor"; "Fall in love"; "fall asleep"; "fall prey to an imposter"; "fall into a strange way of thinking"; "she fell to pieces after she lost her work"
4.fall - come under, be classified or included; "fall into a category"; "This comes under a new heading"
Synonyms: come
5.fall - fall from clouds; "rain, snow and sleet were falling"; "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"
6.fall - suffer defeat, failure, or ruin; "We must stand or fall"; "fall by the wayside"
7.fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fall to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
8.fall - 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"
9.fall - touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly; "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears"
Synonyms: shine, strike
10.fall - be captured; "The cities fell to the enemy"
11.fall - occur at a specified time or place; "Christmas falls on a Monday this year"; "The accent falls on the first syllable"
12.fall - yield to temptation or sin; "Adam and Eve fell"
13.fall - lose office or power; "The government fell overnight"; "The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen"
14.fall - 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"
15.fall - move in a specified direction; "The line of men fall forward"
16.fall - be due; "payments fall on the 1st of the month"
17.fall - lose one's chastity; "a fallen woman"
18.fall - to be given by right or inheritance; "The estate fell to the oldest daughter"
19.fall - come into the possession of; "The house accrued to the oldest son"
Synonyms: accrue
20.fall - fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
Synonyms: light
21.fall - be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
Synonyms: devolve, return, pass
22.fall - slope downward; "The hills around here fall towards the ocean"
23.fall - lose an upright position suddenly; "The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table"; "Her hair fell across her forehead"
Synonyms: fall down
24.fall - drop oneself to a lower or less erect position; "She fell back in her chair"; "He fell to his knees"
25.fall - fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
Synonyms: flow, hang
26.fall - assume a disappointed or sad expression; "Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off"; "his crest fell"
27.fall - be cast down; "his eyes fell"
28.fall - come out; issue; "silly phrases fell from her mouth"
29.fall - be born, used chiefly of lambs; "The lambs fell in the afternoon"
30.fall - begin vigorously; "The prisoners fell to work right away"
31.fall - go as if by falling; "Grief fell from our hearts"
32.fall - come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell"
Synonyms: descend, settle
To dream that you fall and not frightened, signifies that you will overcome your adversities with ease. To dream that you fall and are frightened, denotes a major struggle and overwhelming problem in your life. It may denote that you have failed to achieve a goal that you have set forth for yourself. To dream that you fall and are injured, foretells of hardships and loss of friends. To see someone fall, signifies your secret desire for the downfall or even death of that person. 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