To try a fall
Fall Fall, n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice, and had a fall. [1913 Webster]

3. Death; destruction; overthrow; ruin. [1913 Webster]

They thy fall conspire. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. --Prov. xvi. 18. [1913 Webster]

4. Downfall; degradation; loss of greatness or office; termination of greatness, power, or dominion; ruin; overthrow; as, the fall of the Roman empire. [1913 Webster]

Beholds thee glorious only in thy fall. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. The surrender of a besieged fortress or town; as, the fall of Sebastopol. [1913 Webster]

6. Diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation; as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents. [1913 Webster]

7. A sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at the close of a sentence. [1913 Webster]

8. Declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope. [1913 Webster]

9. 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. [1913 Webster]

10. 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. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

11. Extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as, the water of a stream has a fall of five feet. [1913 Webster]

12. The season when leaves fall from trees; autumn. [1913 Webster]

What crowds of patients the town doctor kills, Or how, last fall, he raised the weekly bills. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

13. That which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy fall of snow. [1913 Webster]

14. The act of felling or cutting down. ``The fall of timber.'' --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

15. 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. [1913 Webster]

16. Formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling band; a faule. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

17. That part (as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting. [1913 Webster]

{Fall herring} (Zo["o]l.), a herring of the Atlantic ({Clupea mediocris}); -- also called {tailor herring}, and {hickory shad}.

{To try a fall}, to try a bout at wrestling. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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