Dead-fall

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dead-fall a trap operated by a weight that, when its support is removed, falls upon and kills or holds an animal
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Quotations

  • Ethel Lynn Beers
    Ethel Lynn Beers
    “All quiet along the Potomac to-night, no sound save the rush of the river, while soft falls the dew on the face of the dead, the picket's off duty forever.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
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    “Every time a child says, I don't believe in fairies, there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”
  • Adelaide Crapsey
    Adelaide Crapsey
    “These be three silent things: The Falling snow... the hour before the dawn... the mouth of one just dead.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deád; Goth. dauths, Ger. todt, from root of die.

Usage

In literature:

One half-naked wretch leaps high in air and falls, face downward, dead as a nail.
"Foes in Ambush" by Charles King
They chill my heart, and down dead falls my brother.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
He sat and watched the dead leaves fall, Or mused upon a common flower.
"The Vision of Sir Launfal" by James Russell Lowell
And we shouldn't been able to git here at all, only Father had a severe fall out o' bed one night in the dead of night.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
In a fortnight, your nails will drop off, and your arms will fall from your benumbed and half-dead fingers.
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
When raspberries are uncovered, be sure to cut out and burn all dead canes missed last fall.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
A man having been shot through the heart immediately falls dead.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
If he falls upon us, we are all dead men.
"Hawaiian Folk Tales" by Various
Dead falls the first who meets him front to front, Brave Abas, knot and holdfast of the fray.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
If one of you but touch it, instantly he will fall dead upon the ground.
"A Chinese Wonder Book" by Norman Hinsdale Pitman
When one is dead, stones strike the soft of one's throat and fall soft away, one is hurtless.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
But if we oppose gentleness to violence, this latter getting no hold upon its adversary, falls dead of itself.
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
You can't be dead sure how the spots will fall.
"The Boy With the U. S. Foresters" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
But you'll find her dead when the door falls!
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
If three drops of blood fall from your nose, one of your family is dead.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
The firearms rang out almost simultaneously, and two of the deer leaped into the air, to fall back dead.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
This Ben Halim, a Spahi officer, falls dead in love with a girl when he's on leave in Paris.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
John's regiment reached the field just in time to see the cannoneers fall in their tracks at the first deadly volley from the charging men.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
You do not let go: you have a knife about you, you bury it in the man's throat; he falls; he is dead; now take his purse, and make off.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
Then my hand was on the knocker, and its fall startled me as the clatter echoed far down the street and seemed to wake the very dead.
"The Tory Maid" by Herbert Baird Stimpson
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In poetry:

First Jew.
Belshazzar's dead!
Then, Judah, thou art free! The tyrant's fall'n!
Jerusalem, Jerusalem is free!
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
On me the joyous rapture
Of a heart's first love is shed,
But it falls on my heart as coldly
As sunlight on the dead.
"In A Graveyard" by John Hay
He heard the stealthy feet of things
Whose shapes he could not see,
A flutter as of evil wings,
The fall of a dead tree.
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Up and down in the sunlight,
That falls on all that I see;
My heart alive with its longings,
And a dead man walking with me.
"The Shadow Of The Past" by Alexander Anderson
"Oh, may I ne'er survive," he said,
"My brother's fate to tell;
Why should I live when he is dead?
I'll fall as Edwin fell."
"The Soldier's Brother--A Ballad" by Peter John Allan
"Now mark this arrow; where it falls,
When I am dead dig deep,
And bury me there in the greenwood where
I would forever sleep."
"The Death Of Robin Hood" by Eugene Field

In news:

Hiker found dead after apparent fall in Berkeley hills.
A man was found dead from an apparent fall in the Berkeley Hills on Wednesday evening, a University of California at Berkeley police captain said.
The Season 3 premiere of 'The Walking Dead' on AMC scores 10.9 million viewers, topping the new fall shows on broadcast TV.
A bicyclist is dead after a fall from the westbound lane of the James Island Connector in the Lowcountry.
Does finding a dead bird fall within US Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) definition of "taken legally".
The leaders of the environmental movement were livid last fall when Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, two little-known, earnest environmentalists in their 30's, presented a 12,000-word thesis arguing that environmentalism was dead.
Every hero falls, dead to an indifferent universe.
BERKELEY, Calif.—A 24-year-old hiker is dead after a fall from a Berkeley Hills rock on University of California property.
State police say a hiker from Los Alamos has been found dead in the Jemez Mountains after apparently falling off a cliff.
Fiery Crash In Beacon Falls Leaves One Man Dead.
3M settlement in deadly fall at Penn frat party.
Hiker found dead after apparent fall in Berkeley hills.
A 64-year-old man has been charged in the deadly shooting of two Little Falls teens.
Man found dead at forest falls and other Chattanooga area news.
One man dead, another injured after falling into manhole.
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In science:

The effect of dead time is visible at the left end of the distribution as a sharp fall of the distribution at 25 ns. A zoom of this region is shown in Fig. 6b.
Quantum random number generator
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