• "The mug fell with a crash on the bridge."
    "The mug fell with a crash on the bridge."
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fellness The quality or state of being fell or cruel; fierce barbarity.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Felling Red Spruce with a Saw Felling Red Spruce with a Saw
A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet, wedge, and saw fragment A few of many tools unearthed at Jamestown which were used for timbering: felling axes, a hewing axe, adze, hatchet,...
Splash! Splash! They Fell Into the Ditch Splash! Splash! They Fell Into the Ditch
Fell' Types Fell' Types
"The school fell over benches and over one another." "The school fell over benches and over one another."
How Ian Direach returned home and how his stepmother fell as a bundle of sticks How Ian Direach returned home and how his stepmother fell as a bundle of sticks

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the spring of 1975, a baby in Detroit fell 14 stories and landed on Joseph Figlock, who was walking below. A few years later it happened again. Figlock and both babies survived
    • n fellness Cruelty; fierceness; ruthlessness.
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It was once said that if you took all of the people who fell asleep in church and laid them end to end they would be more comfortable.”
  • African Proverb
    African Proverb
    “Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.”
  • Luther Burbank
    Luther Burbank
    “I don't fell good.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “The final event to himself has been, that as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.”


Little strokes fell great oaks - Meaning: even though something may seem impossible, if you break it up into small parts and take one step at a time, you will succeed.
One fell swoop - If something is done at one fell swoop, it is done in a single period of activity, usually swiftly and ruthlessly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Fell cruel


In literature:

He fell heavily into the chair by the bed, while a deep groan broke from his stiff and twitching lips.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
It fell like a column of smoke.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
It fell out as I hoped.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
The tones rose and fell above the volume of the orchestra.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
After this terrible massacre, a sadness fell on the city.
"For the Temple" by G. A. Henty
Then as the hour of my departure drew near a shadow fell on us.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Morell fell back, Hatch fell back; the guns became deadly, mowing down the blue lines.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
A hush fell upon tea- and card-tables.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Whatever he did was considered well; but if there were blame, it fell on me.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Stones fell from the sky.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort

In poetry:

At times the mountain's shadow
Fell dark across the scene,
And veiled with veil of purple
The wavelets' silver sheen.
"Lake Como" by Abram Joseph Ryan
The strife that lightened round their spears
Long since fell still: so long
Hardly may hope to last in years
My song.
"Adieux à Marie Stuart" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
She sat until the tempest-pitch
In her torn bosom fell;
- His wife must be a subtle witch
Or else God loves her well!
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
'I offer'd what was all your own
The gold I had in store;
Low at his feet I fell, and wept
That I could give no more.
"A Tale" by John Logan
Fell in, parade upon;
And PRIVATE JAMES, by change of names,
"General John" by William Schwenck Gilbert
As when a tyger fierce and fell
Hath spied a passing roe,
And leaps at once upon his throat;
So sprung the savage foe;
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British

In news:

The driver of a party bus from which a Portland girl fell and died wasn't licensed to drive the bus and there were no other adults on board.
The Cajuns fell apart early on, heading into the half down by 34.
A Yonkers man who fell off the back of a boat in Long Island Sound over the weekend died hours later.
SOME fell in love with the idea as children, racing dirt bikes.
Temptation being what it is occasionally, I fell off the wagon.
NEW YORK — Apple's stock fell Wednesday along with a sell-off in the broader market.
During the June 17 incident, the gun did not fire, and the magazine fell to the ground.
The boy fell asleep on the bus Wednesday morning.
She raised her head and smiled, then fell into an hour's sleep.
When heat stroke felled his caddie late in the first round of the CIMB Classic, Nick Watney's wife Amber stepped in to help.
When her team fell behind 7-0 in the first game, Coupeville volleyball coach Toni Crebbin didn't panic.
Some months after the fact, The New York Review of Books is running an essay by Allan Gurganus to mark the occasion of John Cheever 's one hundredth birthday, which fell on May 27 of this year.
Retail sales fell for the first time in months.
Many of you will recall the story of Chicken Little who shouted "the sky is falling" after an acorn fell on her head.
The head of apartment-heavy CLK Properties bet big on commercial buildings at the peak of the last market cycle, only to go down in flames as occupancy fell and prices cratered during the recession.

In science:

These fell into the general areas of pion form-factors and polarizabilities, measurements of anomalous amplitudes π → γ γ and γ → 3π , and J/ψ decays to φ(ω )π+ π− , K +K − .
Report of the Working Group on Goldstone Bosons
It was eventually realized that most RBL were radio bright and X-ray weak because their synchrotron component peaked at relatively low frequency (infrared-optical), while most XBL were radio weak and X-ray bright because their peaks fell at ultraviolet-X-ray frequencies.
Issues in Blazar Research
Later, the comprehension of limitations of this chemical methodology fell off.
The simplest model of spatially distributed population with reasonable migration of organisms
The results all supported GR, and most alternative theories of gravity fell by the wayside (for a popular review, see [282]).
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
But that idea fell out of fashion and scientists began thinking of the primordial matter, not being dense protoplanets, but rather spread out into a very low-density “solar nebula”.
Teaching Earth Dynamics: What's Wrong with Plate Tectonics Theory?