Windfall Wind"fall`, n. 1. Anything blown down or off by the wind, as fruit from a tree, or the tree itself, or a portion of a forest prostrated by a violent wind, etc. ``They became a windfall upon the sudden.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. An unexpected legacy, or other gain. [1913 Webster]

He had a mighty windfall out of doubt. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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