• WordNet 3.6
    • v 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"
    • v 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 fell to under a hundred pounds","his voice fell to a whisper"
    • v fall come as if by falling "Night fell","Silence fell"
    • v fall go as if by falling "Grief fell from our hearts"
    • v fall occur at a specified time or place "Christmas falls on a Monday this year","The accent falls on the first syllable"
    • v fall begin vigorously "The prisoners fell to work right away"
    • v fall be born, used chiefly of lambs "The lambs fell in the afternoon"
    • v fall come out; issue "silly phrases fell from her mouth"
    • v fall be cast down "his eyes fell"
    • v fall assume a disappointed or sad expression "Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off","his crest fell"
    • v fall fall or flow in a certain way "This dress hangs well","Her long black hair flowed down her back"
    • v 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"
    • v fall descend in free fall under the influence of gravity "The branch fell from the tree","The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse"
    • v fall drop oneself to a lower or less erect position "She fell back in her chair","He fell to his knees"
    • v fall lose an upright position suddenly "The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table","Her hair fell across her forehead"
    • v fall slope downward "The hills around here fall towards the ocean"
    • v fall move in a specified direction "The line of men fall forward"
    • v 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"
    • v fall fall to somebody by assignment or lot "The task fell to me","It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
    • v fall come into the possession of "The house accrued to the oldest son"
    • v fall be captured "The cities fell to the enemy"
    • v 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 youngest student"
    • v fall to be given by right or inheritance "The estate fell to the oldest daughter"
    • v fall lose office or power "The government fell overnight","The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen"
    • v fall suffer defeat, failure, or ruin "We must stand or fall","fall by the wayside"
    • v fall yield to temptation or sin "Adam and Eve fell"
    • v fall lose one's chastity "a fallen woman"
    • v 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"
    • v 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"
    • v fall be due "payments fall on the 1st of the month"
    • v fall come under, be classified or included "fall into a category","This comes under a new heading"
    • v fall fall from clouds "rain, snow and sleet were falling","Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"
    • n fall the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions) "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort"
    • n fall a sudden drop from an upright position "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
    • n fall a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity "a fall from virtue"
    • n 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"
    • n fall a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
    • n fall a movement downward "the rise and fall of the tides"
    • n fall a sudden decline in strength or number or importance "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"
    • n fall when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
    • n Fall the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve "women have been blamed ever since the Fall"
    • n fall a downward slope or bend
    • n fall the time of day immediately following sunset "he loved the twilight","they finished before the fall of night"
    • n fall the season when the leaves fall from the trees "in the fall of 1973"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"He started, and let the lancet fall." "He started, and let the lancet fall."
Tom falls off the velocipede Tom falls off the velocipede
Montmorency Falls Montmorency Falls

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fastest speed a raindrop had reached when falling is seven miles per hour.
    • Fall A sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at the close of a sentence.
    • Fall Death; destruction; overthrow; ruin. "They thy fall conspire.""Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall ."
    • Fall Declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope.
    • Fall 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.
    • Fall Diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation; as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents.
    • Fall 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 ."
    • Fall Extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as, the water of a stream has a fall of five feet.
    • Fall Formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling band; a faule.
    • Fall 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.
    • Fall That part (as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.
    • Fall That which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy fall of snow.
    • Fall The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice, and had a fall .
    • Fall 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.
    • Fall The act of felling or cutting down. "The fall of timber."
    • Fall 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.
    • Fall The season when leaves fall from trees; autumn. "What crowds of patients the town doctor kills,
      Or how, last fall , he raised the weekly bills."
    • Fall The surrender of a besieged fortress or town ; as, the fall of Sebastopol.
    • Fall To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; -- said of the countenance. "Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell .""I have observed of late thy looks are fallen ."
    • Fall To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, an unguarded expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from him.
    • Fall To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed. "Heaven and earth will witness,
      If Rome must fall , that we are innocent."
    • Fall To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; as, to fall into error; to fall into difficulties.
    • Fall To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle. "A thousand shall fall at thy side.""He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting, fell ."
    • Fall 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."
    • Fall To belong or appertain. "If to her share some female errors fall ,
      Look on her face, and you'll forget them all."
    • Fall To bring forth; as, to fall lambs.
    • Fall To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the wind falls .
    • Fall 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."
    • Fall To come; to occur; to arrive. "The vernal equinox, which at the Nicene Council fell on the 21st of March, falls now [1694] about ten days sooner."
    • Fall 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. "I am a poor fallen man, unworthy now
      To be thy lord and master."
      "The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and vanished."
    • Fall 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. "Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."
    • Fall 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. "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
    • Fall To diminish; to lessen or lower. "Upon lessening interest to four per cent, you fall the price of your native commodities."
    • Fall To fell; to cut down; as, to fall a tree.
    • Fall To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; -- with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the Mediterranean.
    • Fall To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to issue; to terminate. "The Romans fell on this model by chance.""Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall .""They do not make laws, they fall into customs."
    • Fall To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; -- said of the young of certain animals.
    • Fall To let fall; to drop. "For every tear he falls , a Trojan bleeds."
    • Fall 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.
    • Fall 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.
    • Fall To sink; to depress; as, to fall the voice.
    • Fall To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, our spirits rise and fall with our fortunes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Owen Falls Lake is the largest man-made lake in the world
    • fall To descend from a higher to a lower place or position through loss or lack of support; drop down by or as by the power of gravity, or by impulse; come down by tumbling or loss of balance, or by force of a push, cast, stroke, or thrust: as, meteors fall to the earth; water falls over a dam; the mantle fell from his shoulders; the blow fell with crushing force.
    • fall To sink from a higher to a lower level; be or become lower; settle or sink down; go down; pass off or away; ebb: as, the river is falling (that is, becoming lower from diminution of the volume of water); the thermometer falls (that is, the mercury sinks in the tube); the ground rises and falls (apparently, to one viewing or passing over it, from inequality of surface, or actually, from an earthquake); the dew falls (according to popular belief).
    • fall To descend from a higher, or more perfect, or more intense, etc., state or grade to one that is lower, or less perfect, etc.; deteriorate; sink or decrease in amount, condition, estimation, character, etc.; become degraded or be reduced in any way, as through loss, misfortune, persecution, misconduct, etc.: as, prices have fallen; the city fell into bankruptcy; to fall into poverty, disgrace, apostasy, bondage, etc.; to fall from grace or favor; to fall from allegiance; to fall into bad company.
    • fall To come down as from a fixed or standing position; be overthrown or prostrated; hence, to be slain; perish; come to ruin or destruction.
    • fall To pass into a new state or condition; enter upon a different state of being, action, or feeling; come to be, or to be engaged or fixed: as, to fall heir to an estate; to fall a victim; to fall asleep, ill, in love, etc.; to fall calm, as the wind; to fall into a snare, into a rage, etc.; the troops fell into line.
    • fall To pass away or off; discharge its contents; disembogue, as a river: as, the Rhone falls into the Mediterranean; the Ohio falls into the Mississippi.
    • fall To pass or come as if by falling or dropping; move, lapse, settle, or become fixed, with reference to an object or to a state or relation: as, the castle falls to his brother; misfortune fell to his lot; the subject falls under this head.
    • fall To come to pass or to an issue; befall; happen.
    • fall To come by chance or unexpectedly.
    • fall To be dropped in birth; be brought forth or born: now used only of lambs and some other young animals.
    • fall To hang; droop; be arranged or disposed like the pendent folds of a curtain or garment.
    • fall To be fit or meet.
    • fall To be required or necessary; be appropriate or suitable to a subject or an occasion.
    • fall To decline gradually; languish or become faint; fade; perish.
    • fall To renounce or desert allegiance, faith, or duty; apostatize; backslide.
    • fall To have recourse: followed by upon, and referring usually to some support or expedient already once tried.
    • fall To fail of performing a promise or purpose.
    • fall To prostrate one's self, as in worship or supplication.
    • fall Nautical, to sail or pass toward the mouth of a river or other outlet; drop down.
    • fall In ship carpentry, to incline inward from the perpendicular: said of the top sides of a ship: same as to tumble home (which see, under tumble).
    • fall To come to an end; terminate; lapse: as, an annuity which falls in when the annuitant dies.
    • fall To bend or sink inward.
    • fall To sink or become lean or hollow: as, her cheeks have fallen in.
    • fall To concur or accord with; comply with; be agreeable or favorable to: as, to fall in with one's assertions; the measure falls in with popular demands.
    • fall To perish; die away; become disused: as, the custom fell off.
    • fall To become depreciated; decline from former excellence; become less valuable or interesting; decrease: as, the subscriptions fall off; the public interest is falling off.
    • fall Nautical, to deviate from the course to which the head of the ship was before directed; fall to leeward.
    • fall To begin an attack.
    • fall [On, prep.] To assault; assail.
    • fall To come upon, usually with some degree of suddenness and unexpectedness; descend upon.
    • fall To light upon; come upon; discover.
    • fall To happen; befall; chance.
    • fall Nautical, to fall into the wrong place: the opposite of to fall home.
    • fall To become overturned: as, the wall fell over.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rain falls at 11kmph (7mph)
    • v.i Fall fawl to drop down: to descend by the force of gravity: to become prostrate: (of a river) to discharge itself: to slope down: to sink as if dead: to vanish: to die away: to lose strength, subside: to decline in power, wealth, value, or reputation: to be overthrown: to be compelled to yield: to become downcast: to sink into sin, to yield to temptation: to depart from the faith: to become dejected: to pass gently into any state, as 'to fall in love,' 'to fall asleep:' to befall: to issue, occur: to enter upon with haste or vehemence: to rush: to be dropped in birth: to be required or necessary: to fall away
    • pr.p Fall fall′ing; pa.t. fell; pa.p. fallen (faw′ln)
    • n Fall the act of falling, in any of its senses: descent by gravity, a dropping down: that which falls—a trap-door, &c.: as much as comes down at one time, as 'a fall of snow,' &c.: overthrow: death: descent from a better to a worse position: slope or declivity: descent of water: a cascade: length of a fall: outlet of a river: decrease in value: a sinking of the voice: the time when the leaves fall, autumn: a bout at wrestling: the yielding of a city or stronghold to the enemy: that which falls: a lapse into sin, esp. that of Adam and Eve, called 'the Fall:' a kind of collar worn in the 17th century
    • n Fall fawl the cry given when a whale is sighted, or harpooned: the chase of a whale
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  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “A stumble may prevent a fall.”
  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “Stumbling is not falling.”
  • Seneca
    “Anger is like those ruins which smash themselves on what they fall.”
  • Steve Bartkowski
    Steve Bartkowski
    “If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.”
  • Confucius
    “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall.”


Easy as falling off a log - Something very easy or simple to do is as easy as falling off a log.
Fall at the first fence - If something falls at the first fence, it goes wrong or fails at the first or an early stage.
Fall at the first hurdle - If something falls at the first hurdle, it goes wrong or fails at the first or an early stage.
Fall by the wayside - To fall by the wayside is to give up or fail before completion.
Fall from grace - If a person falls from grace, they lose favor with someone.
Fall off the back of a lorry - (UK) If someone tries to sell you something that has fallen of the back of a lorry, they are trying to sell you stolen goods.
Fall off the turnip truck - (USA) If someone has just fallen off the turnip truck, they are uninformed, naive and gullible. (Often used in the negative)
Fall off the wagon - If someone falls off the wagon, they start drinking after having given up completely for a time.
Fall on our feet - If you fall on your feet, you succeed in doing something where there was a risk of failure.
Fall on stony ground - If an idea or plan falls on stony ground, it is received negatively by people in positions of power or fails to take off.
Fall on your sword - If someone falls on their sword, they resign or accept the consequences of some wrongdoing.
Into each life some rain must fall - This means that bad or unfortunate things will happen to everyone at some time.
Let the chips fall where they may - This means that we shouldn't try to control events, because destiny controls them.
Pride goes before a fall - Excessive pride or confidence can allow people to make mistakes or go wrong.
Ride for a fall - If sxomeone is riding for a fall, they are taking great risks that are likely to end in a disaster.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. feallan,; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere, to deceive, Gr. sfa`llein to cause to fall, Skr. sphal, sphul, to tremble. Cf. Fail Fell (v. t.), to cause to fall
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from the north-eastern Scotch pronunciation of whale.


In literature:

The fall of the Bridge is a sign that not only the Willamettes but all the tribes of the Wauna shall fall and pass away.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
So for a moment he tottered, between falling forward and falling back.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
But the fall of Fort Fleron began to tell in favor of the Germans.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Lieutenant Warneford saw the Zeppelin fall and knew that its raiding days were over.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
When your fine young lady becomes sixteen she shall fall asleep, and nothing you can do will be able to waken her.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Then the false mother had to turn into a panther again, lest she fall down.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
She was seeing them fall.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
Later replaced by the Falls Church Garage and Kent Cleaners.
"A Virginia Village" by Charles A. Stewart
It was a race against time, too, for dusk was falling, and I knew that it would be impossible to get out of St.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
The patient falls away in flesh and becomes weaker, as is shown by the fact that one frequently finds it lying down.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture

In poetry:

And let Thy rain
Fall--or as joy or pain
So that I be
Yet unforgot of Thee.
"The Tree" by John Freeman
A light snow
Three Thousand Realms
Within those realms
Light snow falls
"This World" by Taigu Ryokan
Tears that have no reason
Fall in my sorry heart:
What! there was no treason?
This grief hath no reason.
"After Paul Verlaine-I" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
A leaf falling gives you
A glimpse of beauty
And slips under your shoulder
You are no longer fully alone
"The Right To Speak" by Rene Guy Cadou
For Thee, for Thee I'd live, Lord!
Yet oft I almost fall
Before Him--Oh, forgive, Lord,
My sinful thrall!
"Mary At Nazareth" by Cale Young Rice
I saw her bright reflection
In the waters under me,
Like a golden goblet falling
And sinking into the sea.
"The Bridge" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

On Wednesday, September 19, Eric George McNeill, 65, was arrested at a campground near Klamath Falls by law enforcement officials from the US Marshals, Oregon State Police, and Klamath Falls Police Department.
FILE -In this June 15, 2012 file photo, Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls on a tightrope in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
The Chippewa Falls Police Department says Brooklyn Payne, 19, walked into the DJ's Mart in Chippewa Falls around 2 pm Wednesday afternoon with a knife and demanded money.
(Glens Falls, NY) The American Red Cross is offering fall and winter courses dedicated to babysitters .
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) You could win a year's supply of bacon from Falls Brand.
Monroe County Deputies say a suspect has been arrested in a bank robber y in Honeoye Falls 23 year old Michael Vanaalst of Honeoye Falls faces robbery and grand larceny charges.
NIAGARA FALLS – New plans call for the Robert Moses Parkway to be dramatically altered at the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park.
The Republicans are looking for the best way to fall off Fiscal Cliff, which has become a place fixed in the geography of public opinion, like Sioux Falls and Grand Canyon.
Angela "Angie" Beaumont , a resident of Little Falls, passed away Saturday, Oct 27, 2012, at her home in Little Falls.
ROCK FALLS – Helen Lorraine Bender , 79, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012, at her home.
Bertha Bain, a resident of Little Falls, formerly of Swanville, passed away Thursday Oct 11, 2012, at St Otto's Care Center in Little Falls.
"Tom" Blackburn , 88 of Wichita Falls, Texas died on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Alpana Singh reports that next fall her husband, Charles Blackstone , will publish Vintage Attraction, a novel about an English teacher who falls for a sommelier.
Old Falls Street, USA, will host its first ever " Blues Christmas" event on Friday, Dec 14, inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St, Niagara Falls.
ROCK FALLS – Bryce Keith Bode , 3 months, of Rock Falls, died Friday, Sept 28, 2012, at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

In science:

The shaping is optimized for the µs time-scale rise and fall times, such that noise-spikes from single photo-electron are smeared out and suppressed.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
After the activation, the system falls to one of all states with equal probability.
Scaling Law and Aging Phenomena in the Random Energy Model
Table 2 shows for each radial velocity data set the probability (p) that this hypothesis is correct, and since p never falls below 30 percent, we must accept the hypothesis.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
However, if it is moved to point B, it falls in the gravitational field, releasing energy.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
This domain falls into a sum of the (N − 2)! regions.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry