An apple fell from the tree.
A vase fell off the shelf.
Rain fell from the sky.
the sound of the falling rain
She slipped and fell on the ice.
He fell flat on his face.
She was afraid that I would trip and fall.
He fell down the stairs.
One of the sailors had fallen overboard.
He fell back onto the bed. Noun
a fall from a horse
She's had several bad falls in recent years.
a fall of three feet
the rise and fall of the tide
She went off to college in the fall.
Several weeks of fall remain before winter begins.
When fall came he planted grass.
a fall in the price of oil See More
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Origin said that shareholders owning about 69% of its stock voted for the takeover, meaning that the bid made by a consortium led by
Asset Management fell short of the 75% approval threshold needed to secure a deal.—Stuart Condie, WSJ, 4 Dec. 2023 And not too many months after that the federal government’s case against him fell apart.—Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 Starr’s report points to several recent studies which found that workers who labor under noncompetes earn less than those without them, and that when states enforce the agreements more stringently, wages fall.—Caitlin Harrington, WIRED, 4 Dec. 2023 Nationally, the number of adult victims of fatal gun violence fell 6.6 percent, while juvenile victims increased 11.8 percent (in D.C., homicides dropped last year but have increased this year).—Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 That nothing fell apart because there was nothing concrete in the first place.—Tyler R. Tynes, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Consider that California’s overall population fell by 483,000 between 2019 and 2022, the largest decline among the states.—Jonathan Lansner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2023 Today that task falls chiefly to Collinsworth, the 64-year-old former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver who took over analyst duties in 2009.—Jody Rosen, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2023 Saira Rao, an author and activist, said she was never informed or invited to weigh in on where the line falls.—Chloe Melas, NBC News, 2 Dec. 2023
Summer slipped into fall, and membership in Debbie’s Facebook group continued to rise.—Sarah Viren, New York Times, 5 Dec. 2023 It can’t be denied that inflation has declined more rapidly than many economists (and the Fed) expected, and that this fall has coincided with sustained growth in employment and gross domestic product despite higher interest rates.—John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2023 Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko, quietly had an Oscar qualifying run this fall and is now looking for a distributor.—Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Dec. 2023 Pamela Anderson attended multiple shows during this fall's Paris Fashion Week without any makeup on, and with her hair minimally styled.—Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 5 Dec. 2023 Earlier this fall, the Senate used a workaround to vote on and confirm three Joint Chiefs of Staff and the chairman, whose nominations had been held up.—Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 5 Dec. 2023 Despite the apprehension, by fall The Browser Company debuted Arc Max, with generative AI.—Reece Rogers, WIRED, 4 Dec. 2023 Roxanne Raab Clairemont Girls wrestling The junior pinned all three opponents at 140 pounds in the Queen of the Beach Tournament, and needed less than 3 ½ minutes total to win the University City Tournament, sweeping all four matches by fall.—Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2023 But those measures are spelled out in law, and at a hearing this fall, Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, said lawmakers explicitly rejected including an emissions measure in the infrastructure law.—Ian Duncan The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 23 Nov. 2023
On 31 March, shortly after Dior’s pre-fall extravaganza at the Gateway of India, the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre officially opened its doors in Mumbai, with the likes of Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Karlie Kloss turning out for the red-carpet launch.—Akanksha Kamath, Vogue, 3 Apr. 2023 The fashion industry experienced a first on Thursday: Dior showed its pre-fall collection in Mumbai, marking the first time a major fashion label outside of India has shown in the country.—Kevin Leblanc, ELLE, 31 Mar. 2023 Quantumania Los Angeles premiere in a trailing cheetah-print Caroline Herrera strapless gown (pulled straight off the pre-fall runway!) and black heels with asymmetrical straps.—Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2023 Although playground surfaces have been investigated for fall impact attenuation, the surfaces that cheerleaders use have received little attention.—Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 21 Jan. 2010 The band is gearing up for a fall European tour, followed by a long tour of the United States, including the group’s annual three-day GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach, named after the band’s record label.—Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2022 While silhouette options are many, the full-legged pantsuit leads the pre-fall pack, and short suits (for men and women) are a close second.—Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 9 Jan. 2023 Last week, Chanel staged its new pre-fall 2023 show in Dakar, Senegal.—Christian Allaire, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2022 Olsen is supporting the project on a fall European tour, beginning next week in Lisbon.—Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 20 Sep. 2022 See More
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Verb, Noun, and Adjective
Middle English, from Old English feallan; akin to Old High German fallan to fall and perhaps to Lithuanian pulti