Essential Meaning of fall
1 : to come or go down quickly from a high place or position An apple fell from the tree. A vase fell off the shelf. See More ExamplesRain fell from the sky. the sound of the falling rain
2 : to come or go down suddenly from a standing position She slipped and fell on the ice. He fell flat on his face. See More ExamplesShe was afraid that I would trip and fall. He fell down the stairs. One of the sailors had fallen overboard. a fallen tree
3 : to let yourself come or go down to a lower position He fell [=dropped, sank] to his knees and asked for forgiveness. He fell back/forward onto the bed.
Full Definition of fall
(Entry 1 of 3)
1a : to descend freely by the force of gravity An apple fell from the tree.
b : to hang freely her hair falls over her shoulders
c : to drop oneself to a lower position fell to his knees
d : to come or go as if by falling darkness falls early in the winter
2 : to become born —usually used of lambs
3a : to become lower in degree or level the temperature fell 10°
b : to drop in pitch or volume their voices fell to a whisper
c : issue sense 1a wisdom that fell from his lips
d : to become lowered her eyes fell
4a : to leave an erect position suddenly and involuntarily slipped and fell on the ice
c : to drop down wounded or dead especially : to die in battle Many men fell on the battlefield.
d : to suffer military capture after a long siege the city fell
e : to lose office the party fell from power
f : to suffer ruin, defeat, or failure the deal fell through
5 : to commit an immoral act but man willfully misused his God-given freedom and fell into sin— John Hick especially : to lose one's chastity
6a : to move or extend in a downward direction the land falls away to the east
c : to decline in quality, activity, or quantity production fell off
d : to lose weight —used with off or away The cattle have fallen off badly in the drought.
e : to assume a look of shame, disappointment, or dejection his face fell
f : to decline in financial value or price stocks fell sharply
7a : to occur at a certain time her birthday falls on a Monday this year
b : to come by chance a job that fell into his hands
c : to come or pass by lot, assignment, or inheritance : devolve it fell to him to break the news
d : to have a certain or proper position, place, or station the accent falls on the second syllable
8 : to come within the limits, scope, or jurisdiction of something this word falls into the class of verbs
9 : to pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind or a new state or condition fall asleep fall in love
10 : to set about heartily or actively fell to work
fall all over oneself or fall over oneself or fall over backwardfall apartfall behindfall between two stoolsfall flatfall forfall from gracefall homefall into linefall on or fall uponfall on one's facefall on one's swordfall short
: to display great or excessive eagerness Fans were falling all over themselves trying to get the basketball star's autograph.
1 : disintegrate The pie was falling apart as I served it.
2 : to succumb to mental or emotional stress : break down She began to fall apart when her son was imprisoned.
1 : to lag behind The slower hikers fell behind the group.
2 : to be in arrears He fell behind in his car payments.
: to fail because of inability to choose between or reconcile two alternative or conflicting courses of action
: to produce no response or result the joke fell flat
1 : to fall in love with He fell for her the moment he saw her.
2 : to become a victim of fell for the trick
: to lose acceptance or good reputation The governor fell from grace when he was accused of tax fraud.
: to curve inward —used of the timbers or upper parts of a ship's side
: to comply with a certain course of action The company fell into line with the new regulations.
: to meet with fell on hard times
: to fail utterly the movie fell on its face at the box office
: to sacrifice one's pride or position The coach fell on his sword apologizing for the team's poor season.
1 : to be deficient The expedition's supplies began to fall short.
2 : to fail to attain something (such as a goal or target) The results fell short of expectations.
Definition of fall (Entry 2 of 3)
1 : the act of falling by the force of gravity
2a : a falling out, off, or away : dropping the fall of leaves a fall of snow
b : the season when leaves fall from trees : autumn
d(1) : birth
(2) : the quantity born —usually used of lambs
3a : a costume decoration of lace or thin fabric arranged to hang loosely and gracefully
b : a very wide turned-down collar worn in the 17th century
c : the part of a turnover collar from the crease to the outer edge
d : a wide front flap on trousers (such as those worn by sailors)
e : the freely hanging lower edge of the skirt of a coat
f : one of the three outer and often drooping segments of the flower of an iris — compare standard sense 8b
g : long hair overhanging the face of dogs of some breeds
h : a usually long straight portion of hair that is attached to a person's own hair
4 : a hoisting-tackle rope or chain especially : the part of it to which the power is applied
5a : loss of greatness : collapse the fall of the Roman Empire
b : the surrender or capture of a besieged place the fall of Troy
c : lapse or departure from innocence or goodness
d : loss of a woman's chastity
e : the blame for a failure or misdeed took the fall for the robbery
6a : the downward slope (as of a hill) : declivity
b : a precipitous descent of water : waterfall —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
c : a musical cadence
d : a falling-pitch intonation in speech
7 : a decrease in size, quantity, degree, or value
9a : the act of felling something
b : the quantity of trees cut down
c(1) : an act of forcing a wrestler's shoulders to the mat for a specified time (such as one second)
(2) : a bout of wrestling
Definition of fall (Entry 3 of 3)
: of, relating to, or suitable for autumn a new fall coat
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