- 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; descend1. to come down because detached, pushed, dropped, etc.; move down and land forcibly [apples fall from the tree]2. to come down suddenly from a standing or sitting position; tumble; topple; become prostrate3. to be wounded or killed in battle4. to come down in ruins; collapse [the building fell]5. to hang down [hair falling about her shoulders]II to pass to a position, condition, etc. regarded as lower1. to take a downward direction [land falling away to the sea]2. to become lower in amount, number, degree, intensity, value, etc.; drop; abate [prices fell]3. to lose power; be overthrown [the government has fallen]4. to lose status, reputation, dignity, etc.5. to yield to temptation; do wrong; sin; specif. in earlier use (esp. of women), to lose chastity6. to be captured or conquered7. to take on a look of disappointment or dejection [his face fell]8. to become lower in pitch or volume [her voice fell]III to happen as if by dropping1. to take place; occur [the meeting fell on a Friday]2. to come by lot, distribution, inheritance, etc. [the estate falls to the son]3. to pass into a specified condition; become [to fall ill, to fall in love]4. to come at a specified place [the accent falls on the third syllable]5. to be directed by chance [his eye fell on a misspelled word]6. to be spoken in an involuntary way [the news fell from his lips]7. to be born: said of animals8. to be divided (into) [to fall into two classes]vt.Dial. to fell (a tree, etc.)n.[< the v.]1. a dropping; descending; coming down2. a coming down suddenly from a standing or sitting position3. a hanging down, or a part hanging down4. a downward direction or slope5. a becoming lower or less; reduction in value, price, etc.6. a lowering of the voice in pitch or volume7. a capture; overthrow; ruin8. a loss of status, reputation, etc.9. a yielding to temptation; wrongdoing; moral lapse10.a) a birth: said of animalsb) the number of animals born at one birth; litter11.a) something that has fallen [a fall of leaves]b) a felling of trees, or timber felled at one time12. that season of the year in which many trees lose their leaves; autumn: in the North Temperate Zone, generally regarded as including the months of September, October, and November13. the amount of what has fallen [a six-inch fall of snow]14. the distance that something falls15. [usually pl., often with sing. v.] water falling over a cliff, etc.; cascade16. a broad, turned-down ruff or collar worn in the 17th cent.17.a) Now Rare a kind of veil hanging from the back of a woman's hatb) lace, ruffles, or other trimming on a dress, usually hanging from the collar18. a long tress of hair, often synthetic, used by a woman to fill out her coiffure19. Mech. the loose end of the rope, cable, etc. used in a block and tackle20. Naut.a) either of the lines used to lower or hoist a boat at the davitsb) in a TACKLE (n. 2), the part of a rope between the free end and a pulley or between pulleys21. Wrestlinga) the act of holding an opponent down so that both shoulders touch the mat for a specified time period; pinb) a bout or a division of a matchadj.of, in, for, or characteristic of the fall season——————☆ fall all over oneself or fall over oneselfInformal to behave in too eager or zealous a manner——————fall amongto come among by chance——————fall apartto crumble, disintegrate, disunite, etc.——————fall away1. to take away friendship, support, etc.; desert2. to become less in size, strength, etc.; specif., to grow thin and weak——————fall backto withdraw; give way; retreat——————fall back on or fall back upon1. to turn, or return, to for security or help2. to retreat to——————fall behind1. to be outdistanced; drop behind2. to fail to pay on time; be in arrears——————☆ fall down onSlang to fail or be unsuccessful in (a job, etc.)——————☆ fall for Informal1. to fall in love with; become infatuated with2. to be tricked or deceived by——————fall foul of or fall afoul of1. to collide with or become entangled with2. to get into trouble or conflict with——————fall in1. to collapse inward; cave in2. to agree3. Mil. to line up in proper formation——————fall in with1. to meet by chance2. to meet and join3. to agree with; comply with——————fall off1. to become smaller, less, lighter, etc.2. to become worse; decline3. Naut. to swing away from the heading, often, specif., to leeward——————fall on or fall upon1. to attack2. to be the duty of——————fall out1. to have a disagreement; quarrel2. to happen; result3. Mil. to leave one's place in a formation——————fall short1. to be lacking2. to fail to meet a standard or goal: with of——————fall throughto come to nothing; fail——————fall toto begin; start; specif.,a) to start attackingb) to start eating——————fall under1. to come under (an influence, etc.)2. to be listed or classified as——————ride for a fallto behave in a manner likely to cause one trouble or injury——————the Fall of Man or the FallChristian Theol. Adam's sin of yielding to temptation in eating the forbidden fruit, and his subsequent loss of grace: see ORIGINAL SIN——————the fall of the cardsthe chance distribution of cards in a given deal
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.