Definition of Fall

1. Noun. The season when the leaves fall from the trees. "In the fall of 1973"

Exact synonyms: Autumn
Terms within: Indian Summer, Saint Martin's Summer, Autumnal Equinox, Fall Equinox, September Equinox
Generic synonyms: Season, Time Of Year
Derivative terms: Autumnal

2. Verb. Descend in free fall under the influence of gravity. "The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Related verbs: Come Down, Precipitate
Derivative terms: Faller

3. Noun. A sudden drop from an upright position. "He had a nasty spill on the ice"
Exact synonyms: Spill, Tumble
Specialized synonyms: Pratfall, Wipeout
Generic synonyms: Slip, Trip
Derivative terms: Tumble, Tumble, Tumble

4. Verb. Move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way. "The airplane is sure to fall "; "Her hand went up and then fell again"

5. Noun. The lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve. "Women have been blamed ever since the Fall"
Generic synonyms: Event

6. Verb. Pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind. "She fell to pieces after she lost her work"

7. Noun. A downward slope or bend.
Exact synonyms: Declension, Declination, Decline, Declivity, Descent, Downslope
Specialized synonyms: Downhill, Steep
Generic synonyms: Incline, Side, Slope
Derivative terms: Decline, Decline, Decline, Declivitous
Antonyms: Ascent

8. Verb. Come under, be classified or included. "This comes under a new heading"
Exact synonyms: Come
Generic synonyms: Be

9. Noun. A lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity. "A fall from virtue"
Generic synonyms: Sin, Sinning

10. Verb. Fall from clouds. "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"
Exact synonyms: Come Down, Precipitate
Entails: Condense, Distil, Distill
Specialized synonyms: Rain, Rain Down, Spat, Snow, Hail, Sleet
Derivative terms: Precipitation, Precipitation

11. Noun. A sudden decline in strength or number or importance. "The fall of the House of Hapsburg"
Exact synonyms: Downfall
Generic synonyms: Weakening
Specialized synonyms: Anticlimax
Antonyms: Rise

12. Verb. Suffer defeat, failure, or ruin. "Fall by the wayside"
Generic synonyms: Fail, Go Wrong, Miscarry

13. Noun. A movement downward. "The rise and fall of the tides"
Generic synonyms: Change Of Location, Travel
Antonyms: Rise

14. Verb. Die, as in battle or in a hunt. "The shooting victim fell dead"

15. Noun. The act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions). "They were protected until the capitulation of the fort"
Exact synonyms: Capitulation, Surrender
Generic synonyms: Loss
Derivative terms: Capitulate, Surrender

16. Verb. Touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly. "A strange sound struck my ears"
Exact synonyms: Shine, Strike
Generic synonyms: Come About, Fall Out, Go On, Hap, Happen, Occur, Pass, Pass Off, Take Place

17. Noun. The time of day immediately following sunset. "They finished before the fall of night"
Exact synonyms: Crepuscle, Crepuscule, Dusk, Evenfall, Gloam, Gloaming, Nightfall, Twilight
Group relationships: Eve, Even, Evening, Eventide
Specialized synonyms: Night
Generic synonyms: Hour, Time Of Day
Derivative terms: Crepuscular, Crepuscular, Dusky

18. Verb. Be captured. "The cities fell to the enemy"
Generic synonyms: Yield

19. Noun. When a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat.
Exact synonyms: Pin
Group relationships: Wrestling Match
Specialized synonyms: Takedown
Generic synonyms: Triumph, Victory

20. Verb. Occur at a specified time or place. "The accent falls on the first syllable"

21. Noun. A free and rapid descent by the force of gravity. "It was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
Exact synonyms: Drop
Specialized synonyms: Free Fall, Plunge, Precipitation
Generic synonyms: Gravitation, Descent
Derivative terms: Drop, Drop

22. Verb. Decrease in size, extent, or range. "His voice fell to a whisper"

23. Noun. A sudden sharp decrease in some quantity. "When that became known the price of their stock went into free fall"
Exact synonyms: Dip, Drop, Free Fall
Generic synonyms: Decrease, Decrement
Specialized synonyms: Correction, Voltage Drop
Derivative terms: Drop

24. Verb. Yield to temptation or sin. "Adam and Eve fell"
Generic synonyms: Sin, Transgress, Trespass

25. Verb. Lose office or power. "The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen"
Generic synonyms: Leave Office, Quit, Resign, Step Down

26. Verb. To be given by assignment or distribution. "The pressure to succeed fell on the youngest student"
Related verbs: Light

27. Verb. Move in a specified direction. "The line of men fall forward"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel

28. Verb. Be due. "Payments fall on the 1st of the month"
Generic synonyms: Be

29. Verb. Lose one's chastity. "A fallen woman"

30. Verb. To be given by right or inheritance. "The estate fell to the oldest daughter"

31. Verb. Come into the possession of. "The house accrued to the oldest son"
Exact synonyms: Accrue
Generic synonyms: Change Hands, Change Owners
Related verbs: Devolve, Pass, Return, Light
Derivative terms: Accrual

32. Verb. Fall to somebody by assignment or lot. "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
Exact synonyms: Light
Generic synonyms: Devolve, Pass, Return
Related verbs: Accrue

33. Verb. Be inherited by. "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
Exact synonyms: Devolve, Pass, Return
Generic synonyms: Change Hands, Change Owners
Specialized synonyms: Light
Related verbs: Accrue

34. Verb. Slope downward. "The hills around here fall towards the ocean"
Generic synonyms: Incline, Pitch, Slope

35. Verb. Lose an upright position suddenly. "Her hair fell across her forehead"
Exact synonyms: Fall Down
Generic synonyms: Change Posture

36. Verb. Drop oneself to a lower or less erect position. "He fell to his knees"
Generic synonyms: Change Posture
Related verbs: Fall Down

37. Verb. Fall or flow in a certain way. "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
Exact synonyms: Flow, Hang
Derivative terms: Hang

38. Verb. Assume a disappointed or sad expression. "His crest fell"
Generic synonyms: Change

39. Verb. Be cast down. "His eyes fell"
Generic synonyms: Change

40. Verb. Come out; issue. "Silly phrases fell from her mouth"

41. Verb. Be born, used chiefly of lambs. "The lambs fell in the afternoon"
Generic synonyms: Be Born

42. Verb. Begin vigorously. "The prisoners fell to work right away"

43. Verb. Go as if by falling. "Grief fell from our hearts"
Related verbs: Descend, Settle
Generic synonyms: Disappear, Go Away, Vanish

44. Verb. Come as if by falling. "Silence fell"
Exact synonyms: Descend, Settle
Generic synonyms: Come

Definition of Fall

1. v. i. To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to descend by the force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, the apple falls; the tide falls; the mercury falls in the barometer.

2. v. t. To let fall; to drop.

3. n. 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.

Definition of Fall

1. Proper noun. (theology) The sudden fall of humanity into a state of sin, as brought about by the transgression of Adam and Eve. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Proper noun. (context now _ chiefly _ North America) The time of the year when the leaves typically fall from the trees; autumn; the season of the year between the autumnal equinox in late September to the winter solstice in late December. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To come down, to drop or descend. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To be brought to the ground. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To collapse; to be overthrown or defeated. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive formal euphemistic) To die, especially in battle. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To be allotted to; to arrive through chance or fate. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc). ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive followed by a determining word or phrase) To become; to be affected by or befallen with a calamity; to change into the state described by words following; to become prostrated literally or figuratively (qualifier see '''Usage notes''' below). ¹

12. Verb. (context: copulative) To become. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive archaic) To cause something to descend to the ground (to drop it); especially to cause a tree to descend to the ground by cutting it down (felling it). ¹

14. Noun. The act of moving in a fluid or vacuum under the effect of gravity to a lower position. ¹

15. Noun. A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc. ¹

16. Noun. (chiefly North America obsolete elsewhere from the falling of leaves during this season) autumn. ¹

17. Noun. A loss of greatness or status. ¹

18. Noun. (context: cricket of a wicket) The action of a batsman being out. ¹

19. Noun. (curling) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown into an area to drift in a given direction ¹

20. Noun. (informal US) Blame or punishment for a failure or misdeed. ¹

21. Noun. The part of the rope of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting. ¹

22. Noun. ''See'' '''falls''' ¹

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Definition of Fall

1. to descend under the force of gravity [v FELL, FALLEN, FALLING, FALLS]

Medical Definition of Fall

1. 1. To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to descend by the force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, the apple falls; the tide falls; the mercury falls in the barometer. "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." (Luke x. 18) 2. To cease to be erect; to take suddenly a recumbent posture; to become prostrate; to drop; as, a child totters and falls; a tree falls; a worshiper falls on his knees. "I fell at his feet to worship him." (Rev. Xix. 10) 3. To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the Mediterranean. 4. To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle. "A thousand shall fall at thy side." (Ps. Xci. 7) "He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting, fell." (Byron) 5. To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the wind falls. 6. To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; said of the young of certain animals. 7. To decline in power, glory, wealth, or importance; to become insignificant; to lose rank or position; to decline in weight, value, price etc.; to become less; as, the falls; stocks fell two points. "I am a poor falle man, unworthy now To be thy lord and master." (Shak) "The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and vanished." (Sir J. Davies) 8. To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed. "Heaven and earth will witness, if Rome must fall, that we are innocent." (Addison) 9. To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin; to depart from the faith; to apostatize; to sin. "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." (Heb. Iv. 11) 10. To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; asm to fall into error; to fall into difficulties. 11. To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; said of the countenance. "Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell." (Gen. Iv. 5) "I have observed of late thy looks are fallen." (Addison) 12. To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, our spirits rise and fall with our fortunes. 13. To pass somewha suddenly, and passively, into a new state of body or mind; to become; as, to fall asleep; to fall into a passion; to fall in love; to fall into temptation. 14. To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to issue; to terminate. "The Romans fell on this model by chance." (Swift) "Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall." (Ruth. Iii. 18) "They do not make laws, they fall into customs." (H. Spencer) 15. To come; to occur; to arrive. "The vernal equinox, which at the Nicene Council fell on the 21st of March, falls now [1694] about ten days sooner." (Holder) 16. To begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or hurry; as, they fell to blows. "They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart and soul." (Jowett (Thucyd)) 17. To pass or be transferred by chance, lot, distribution, inheritance, or otherwise; as, the estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals. 18. To belong or appertain. "If to her share some female errors fall, Look on her face, and you'll forget them all." (Pope) 19. To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, an unguarded expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from him. To fall abroad of To meet, as a ship; also, to discover or come near, as land. To concur with; to agree with; as, the measure falls in with popular opinion. To comply; to yield to. "You will find it difficult to persuade learned men to fall in with your projects." . To fall off. To drop; as, fruits fall off when ripe. To withdraw; to separate; to become detached; as, friends fall off in adversity. "Love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide." . To perish; to die away; as, words fall off by disuse. To apostatize; to forsake; to withdraw from the faith, or from allegiance or duty. "Those captive tribes . . . Fell off From God to worship calves." (Milton) To forsake; to abandon; as, his customers fell off. To depreciate; to change for the worse; to deteriorate; to become less valuable, abundant, or interesting; as, a falling off in the wheat crop; the magazine or the review falls off. "O Hamlet, what a falling off was there!" . To deviate or trend to the leeward of the point to which the head of the ship was before directed; to fall to leeward. To fall on. To meet with; to light upon; as, we have fallen on evil days. To begin suddenly and eagerly. "Fall on, and try the appetite to eat." . To begin an attack; to assault; to assail. "Fall on, fall on, and hear him not." . To drop on; to descend on. To fall out. To quarrel; to begin to contend. "A soul exasperated in ills falls out With everything, its friend, itself." (Addison) To happen; to befall; to chance. "There fell out a bloody quarrel betwixt the frogs and the mice." . To leave the ranks, as a soldier. To fall over. To revolt; to desert from one side to another. To fall beyond. To fall short, to be deficient; as, the corn falls short; they all fall short in duty. To fall through, to come to nothing; to fail; as, the engageent has fallen through. To fall to, to begin. "Fall to, with eager joy, on homely food." . To fall under. To come under, or within the limits of; to be subjected to; as, they fell under the jurisdiction of the emperor. To come under; to become the subject of; as, this point did not fall under the cognizance or deliberations of the court; these things do not fall under human sight or observation. To come within; to be ranged or reckoned with; to be subordinate to in the way of classification; as, these substances fall under a different class or order. To fall upon. To attack. [See To fall on] To attempt; to have recourse to. "I do not intend to fall upon nice disquisitions." Fall primarily denotes descending motion, either in a perpendicular or inclined direction, and, in most of its applications, implies, literally or figuratively, velocity, haste, suddenness, or violence. Its use is so various, and so mush diversified by modifying words, that it is not easy to enumerate its senses in all its applications. Origin: AS. Feallan; akin to D. Vallen, OS. & OHG. Fallan, G. Fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. Falla, Dan. Falde, Lith. Pulti, L. Fallere to deceive, Gr. Sfallein to cause to fall, Skr. Sphal, sphul, to tremble. Cf. Fail, Fell, to cause to fall. 1. To let fall; to drop. "For every tear he falls, a Trojan bleeds." (Shak) 2. To sink; to depress; as, to fall the voice. 3. To diminish; to lessen or lower. "Upon lessening interest to four per cent, you fall the price of your native commodities." (Locke) 4. To bring forth; as, to fall lambs. 5. To fell; to cut down; as, to fall a tree. 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. 2. The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice, and had a fall. 3. Death; destruction; overthrow; ruin. "They thy fall conspire." (Denham) "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." (Prov. Xvi. 18) 4. Downfall; degradation; loss of greatness or office; termination of greatness, power, or dominion; ruin; overthrow; as, the fall of the Roman empire. "Beholds thee glorious only in thy fall." (Pope) 5. The surrender of a besieged fortress or town; as, the fall of Sebastopol. 6. Diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation; as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents. 7. A sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at the close of a sentence. 8. Declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope. 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. 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. 11. Extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as, the water of a stream has a fall of five feet. 12. The season when leaves fall from trees; autumn. "What crowds of patients the town doctor kills, Or how, last fall, he raised the weekly bills." (Dryden) 13. That which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy fall of snow. 14. The act of felling or cutting down. "The fall of timber." . 15. Lapse or declinsion 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. 16. Formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling band; a faule. 17. That part (as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting. Fall herring, a herring of the Atlantic (Clupea mediocris); also called tailor herring, and hickory shad. To try a fall, to try a bout at wrestling. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fall

falkland islands
fall (current term)
fall-blooming hydrangea
fall-off analysis
fall-out shelter
fall-run fish
fall about
fall about the place
fall all over

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