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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  • fall — [fôl] vi. fell, fallen, falling [ME fallen < OE feallan, to fall, akin to Ger fallen < IE base * phol , to fall > Lith púolu, to fall] I to come down by the force of gravity; drop; descend 1. to come down because detached, pushed,… …   English World dictionary

  • Fall — bezeichnet: Absturz (Unfall), ein Sturz aus gewisser Höhe Freier Fall, die durch Gravitation bewirkte Bewegung eines Körpers Fall (Tau), in der Seemannssprache eine Leine zum Hochziehen und Herablassen von Segeln, Ruderblättern oder Schwertern… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fall — ► VERB (past fell; past part. fallen) 1) move rapidly and without control from a higher to a lower level. 2) collapse to the ground. 3) (fall off) become detached and drop to the ground. 4) hang down. 5) (of someone s f …   English terms dictionary

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  • fall — fall, drop, sink, slump, subside are comparable when they mean to go or to let go downward freely. They are seldom close synonyms, however, because of various specific and essential implications that tend to separate and distinguish them. Fall,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fall — fall·er; prat·fall; re·fall; crest·fall·en·ly; crest·fall·en·ness; pratt·fall; …   English syllables

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