Definitions for fallfɔl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fallfɔl(v.; n.)fell, fall•en, fall•ing

  1. (v.i.)to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support.

  2. to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, esp. to leave a standing or erect position suddenly, whether voluntarily or not:

    to fall on one's knees.

  3. to become less or lower; become of a lower level, degree, amount, quality, value, number, etc.; decline:

    The temperature fell rapidly.

  4. to subside or abate.

  5. extend downward; hang down:

    drapes falling in graceful folds.

  6. to become lowered or directed downward, as the eyes.

  7. to become lower in pitch or volume, as the voice.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. to succumb to temptation or sin, esp. to become unchaste.

  9. to lose status, dignity, position, character, etc.

  10. to succumb to attack:

    The city fell to the enemy.

  11. to be overthrown, as a government.

  12. to drop down wounded or dead, esp. to be slain.

  13. to pass into some physical, mental, or emotional condition:

    to fall into a coma; to fall in love.

  14. to come or occur as if by dropping, as stillness or night.

  15. to issue forth:

    Witty remarks fall easily from her lips.

  16. to come by lot or chance:

    The chore fell to me.

  17. to come by chance into a particular position:

    to fall among thieves.

  18. to come to pass or occur at a certain time:

    Christmas falls on a Monday this year.

  19. to have its proper place:

    The accent falls on the last syllable.

  20. to come by right:

    The inheritance fell to the only living relative.

  21. to lose animation; appear disappointed or dismayed:

    The child's face fell when the bird flew away.

  22. to slope or extend in a downward direction:

    The field falls gently to the river.

  23. (of light) to shine; stream or beam:

    Sunlight fell across the lawn.

  24. (of the eyes or eyesight) to be drawn or directed, esp. unexpectedly or by chance:

    My eyes fell upon a dish of candies.

  25. to collapse; topple.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  26. (of an animal, esp. a lamb) to be born.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Animal Husbandry

  27. (v.t.)to fell (a tree, animal, etc.).

  28. fall away, to withdraw support or allegiance. to become lean or thin; diminish; decline. to forsake one's faith, cause, or principles.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  29. fall back, to give way; recede; retreat.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  30. fall back on or upon, to have recourse to; rely on:

    no savings to fall back on.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  31. fall behind, to lag in pace or progress. to fail to pay one's debts on time.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  32. fall down, to perform disappointingly; disappoint; fail.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  33. fall for, Slang. to be deceived by. to fall in love with.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

  34. fall in, to fall to pieces toward the interior; sink inward. to take one's place in the ranks, as a soldier.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  35. fall in with, to start to associate with:

    to fall in with bad company.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  36. fall off, to decrease in number, amount, or intensity; diminish. Naut. to deviate from the heading; fall to leeward.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Navy

  37. fall on or upon, to assault. to become the obligation of. to experience or come upon.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  38. fall out, to quarrel; disagree. to happen; occur. to leave one's place in the ranks, as a soldier.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  39. fall through, to fail to be accomplished; collapse.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  40. fall to, to apply oneself; begin. to begin to eat.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  41. fall under, to be the concern or responsibility of. to be classified as; be included within.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  42. (n.)an act or instance of falling or dropping from a higher to a lower place or position.

  43. that which falls:

    a heavy fall of rain.

  44. the season of the year that comes after summer and before winter; autumn.

  45. decline:

    the fall of the Roman Empire.

  46. the distance through which anything falls.

  47. Usu., falls. a waterfall.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  48. downward slope or declivity:

    the gentle rise and fall of the meadow.

  49. a falling from an erect position, as to the ground:

    to have a bad fall.

  50. a hanging down:

    a fall of wild roses on a fence.

  51. a lapse into sin.

  52. the Fall, (sometimes l.c.) the lapse of human beings into a state of natural or innate sinfulness through the sin of Adam and Eve.

    Category: Religion

  53. surrender or capture, as of a city.

  54. Wrestling. an act or instance of holding or forcing an opponent's shoulders against the mat for a specified length of time. a match or division of a match.

    Category: Sport

  55. a hairpiece of long hair that is attached to the natural hair at the crown and usu. hangs freely down the back of the head.

    Category: Clothing

  56. an opaque veil hanging loose from a woman's hat, usu. at the back.

    Category: Clothing

  57. Category: Clothing

    Ref: falling band.

  58. a decorative cascade of lace, ruffles, or the like.

    Category: Clothing

  59. the part of the rope of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.

    Category: Navy

  60. Category: Sport

    Ref: deadfall (def. 1). 1

  61. the long soft hair that hangs over the forehead and eyes of certain terriers.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

  62. (in astrology) the sign or part of the zodiac in which the influence of a planet is most negative

    Category: Astrology

    Ref: (opposed to exaltation ).

Idioms for fall:

  1. fall (all) over oneself,to behave with excessive deference; toady.

    Category: Idiom

  2. fall foul or afoul of, to collide with, as ships. to quarrel or have a controversy with.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of fall:

bef. 900; ME; OE feallan; c. OFris, ON falla, OS, OHG fallan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fall, autumn(noun)

    the season when the leaves fall from the trees

    "in the fall of 1973"

  2. spill, tumble, fall(noun)

    a sudden drop from an upright position

    "he had a nasty spill on the ice"

  3. Fall(noun)

    the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve

    "women have been blamed ever since the Fall"

  4. descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslope(noun)

    a downward slope or bend

  5. fall(noun)

    a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity

    "a fall from virtue"

  6. fall, downfall(noun)

    a sudden decline in strength or number or importance

    "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"

  7. fall(noun)

    a movement downward

    "the rise and fall of the tides"

  8. capitulation, fall, surrender(noun)

    the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)

    "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort"

  9. twilight, dusk, gloaming, gloam, nightfall, evenfall, fall, crepuscule, crepuscle(noun)

    the time of day immediately following sunset

    "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night"

  10. fall, pin(noun)

    when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat

  11. drop, fall(noun)

    a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity

    "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"

  12. drop, dip, fall, free fall(verb)

    a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

    "a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index"; "there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery"; "a dip in prices"; "when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall"

  13. fall(verb)

    descend in free fall under the influence of gravity

    "The branch fell from the tree"; "The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse"

  14. descend, fall, go down, come down(verb)

    move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

    "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"

  15. fall(verb)

    pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind

    "fall into a trap"; "She fell ill"; "They fell out of favor"; "Fall in love"; "fall asleep"; "fall prey to an imposter"; "fall into a strange way of thinking"; "she fell to pieces after she lost her work"

  16. fall, come(verb)

    come under, be classified or included

    "fall into a category"; "This comes under a new heading"

  17. precipitate, come down, fall(verb)

    fall from clouds

    "rain, snow and sleet were falling"; "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"

  18. fall(verb)

    suffer defeat, failure, or ruin

    "We must stand or fall"; "fall by the wayside"

  19. fall(verb)

    die, as in battle or in a hunt

    "Many soldiers fell at Verdun"; "Several deer have fallen to the same gun"; "The shooting victim fell dead"

  20. fall, shine, strike(verb)

    touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

    "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears"

  21. fall(verb)

    be captured

    "The cities fell to the enemy"

  22. fall(verb)

    occur at a specified time or place

    "Christmas falls on a Monday this year"; "The accent falls on the first syllable"

  23. decrease, diminish, lessen, fall(verb)

    decrease in size, extent, or range

    "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"

  24. fall(verb)

    yield to temptation or sin

    "Adam and Eve fell"

  25. fall(verb)

    lose office or power

    "The government fell overnight"; "The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen"

  26. fall(verb)

    to be given by assignment or distribution

    "The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team"; "The onus fell on us"; "The pressure to succeed fell on the youngest student"

  27. fall(verb)

    move in a specified direction

    "The line of men fall forward"

  28. fall(verb)

    be due

    "payments fall on the 1st of the month"

  29. fall(verb)

    lose one's chastity

    "a fallen woman"

  30. fall(verb)

    to be given by right or inheritance

    "The estate fell to the oldest daughter"

  31. accrue, fall(verb)

    come into the possession of

    "The house accrued to the oldest son"

  32. fall, light(verb)

    fall to somebody by assignment or lot

    "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"

  33. fall, return, pass, devolve(verb)

    be inherited by

    "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"

  34. fall(verb)

    slope downward

    "The hills around here fall towards the ocean"

  35. fall, fall down(verb)

    lose an upright position suddenly

    "The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table"; "Her hair fell across her forehead"

  36. fall(verb)

    drop oneself to a lower or less erect position

    "She fell back in her chair"; "He fell to his knees"

  37. hang, fall, flow(verb)

    fall or flow in a certain way

    "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"

  38. fall(verb)

    assume a disappointed or sad expression

    "Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off"; "his crest fell"

  39. fall(verb)

    be cast down

    "his eyes fell"

  40. fall(verb)

    come out; issue

    "silly phrases fell from her mouth"

  41. fall(verb)

    be born, used chiefly of lambs

    "The lambs fell in the afternoon"

  42. fall(verb)

    begin vigorously

    "The prisoners fell to work right away"

  43. fall(verb)

    go as if by falling

    "Grief fell from our hearts"

  44. fall, descend, settle(verb)

    come as if by falling

    "Night fell"; "Silence fell"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fall(verb)ɔl

    to move down to the ground from a higher place

    The book fell off the table.; The baby bird had fallen out of the tree.; We watched the snow/rain fall.

  2. fallɔl

    to hit the ground after being upright

    She slipped and fell.; The chair fell on top of the cat.

  3. fallɔl

    ≠ rise

    the season when temperatures begin to fall; prices falling by 20%

  4. fallɔl

    (of hair or fabric) to hang down

    Her hair fell over her eyes.

  5. fallɔl

    to die or be defeated

    soldiers who have fallen in battle; The Rockies fell to the Red Sox, 2-1.

  6. fallɔl

    to pass into a state

    I fell asleep immediately.; She suddenly fell silent.

  7. fallɔl

    to belong in a category

    That $20 falls under travel expenses.

  8. fallɔl

    to happen or occur

    Darkness fell.

  9. fallɔl

    to begin to love sb

    We were young when we fell in love.

  10. fallɔl

    (of parts of a confusing situation) to become clearly connected in your mind

    Suddenly everything fell into place, and I knew what to do.

  11. fallɔl

    to not reach the expected level or standard

    We fell short of the goal by $1500.

  12. fall(noun)ɔl

    the season between summer and winter; = autumn

    in (the) fall when kids go back to school; fall temperatures

  13. fallɔl

    the act of falling

    a bad fall on the ice

  14. fallɔl

    ≠ rise

    a sharp fall in prices

  15. fallɔl

    an amount of snow or rain that comes down

    a heavy fall of snow


  1. fall(Noun)

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

  2. fall(Noun)

    A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc.

  3. fall(Noun)


  4. fall(Noun)

    A loss of greatness or status.

    the fall of Rome

  5. fall(Noun)

    The action of a batsman being out.

  6. fall(Noun)

    A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown into an area to drift in a given direction

  7. fall(Noun)

    Blame or punishment for a failure or misdeed.

    He set up his rival to take the fall.

  8. fall(Noun)

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

  9. fall(Noun)

    See falls

  10. fall(Verb)

    To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity.

    Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.

  11. fall(Verb)

    To come down, to drop or descend.

    The rain fell at dawn.

  12. fall(Verb)

    To come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself.

    He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.

  13. fall(Verb)

    To be brought to the ground.

  14. fall(Verb)

    To collapse; to be overthrown or defeated.

    Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.

  15. fall(Verb)

    To die, especially in battle.

    This is a monument to all those who fell in the First World War.

  16. fall(Verb)

    To be allotted to; to arrive through chance or fate.

    And so it falls to me to make this important decision.

  17. fall(Verb)

    To become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc).

    The candidate's poll ratings fell abruptly after the banking scandal.

  18. fall(Verb)

    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 .

    Our senator fell into disrepute because of the banking scandal.

  19. fall(Verb)

    To become.

    She has fallen ill.

  20. fall(Verb)

    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).

  21. Fall(ProperNoun)

    The sudden fall of humanity into a state of sin, as brought about by the transgression of Adam and Eve.

  22. Fall(ProperNoun)

    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.

  23. Origin: From fallen, from feallan, from fallanan, from pōl-. Cognate with falle, vallen, fallen, falla, pulti, σφάλλω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fall(verb)

    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. Fall(verb)

    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

  3. Fall(verb)

    to find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; -- with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the Mediterranean

  4. Fall(verb)

    to become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle

  5. Fall(verb)

    to cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the wind falls

  6. Fall(verb)

    to issue forth into life; to be brought forth; -- said of the young of certain animals

  7. Fall(verb)

    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

  8. Fall(verb)

    to be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed

  9. Fall(verb)

    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

  10. Fall(verb)

    to become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; asm to fall into error; to fall into difficulties

  11. Fall(verb)

    to assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; -- said of the countenance

  12. Fall(verb)

    to sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, our spirits rise and fall with our fortunes

  13. Fall(verb)

    to pass somewhat 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. Fall(verb)

    to happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to issue; to terminate

  15. Fall(verb)

    to come; to occur; to arrive

  16. Fall(verb)

    to begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or hurry; as, they fell to blows

  17. Fall(verb)

    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. Fall(verb)

    to belong or appertain

  19. Fall(verb)

    to be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, an unguarded expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from him

  20. Fall(verb)

    to let fall; to drop

  21. Fall(verb)

    to sink; to depress; as, to fall the voice

  22. Fall(verb)

    to diminish; to lessen or lower

  23. Fall(verb)

    to bring forth; as, to fall lambs

  24. Fall(verb)

    to fell; to cut down; as, to fall a tree

  25. Fall(noun)

    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

  26. Fall(noun)

    the act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice, and had a fall

  27. Fall(noun)

    death; destruction; overthrow; ruin

  28. Fall(noun)

    downfall; degradation; loss of greatness or office; termination of greatness, power, or dominion; ruin; overthrow; as, the fall of the Roman empire

  29. Fall(noun)

    the surrender of a besieged fortress or town ; as, the fall of Sebastopol

  30. Fall(noun)

    diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation; as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents

  31. Fall(noun)

    a sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at the close of a sentence

  32. Fall(noun)

    declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope

  33. Fall(noun)

    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

  34. Fall(noun)

    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

  35. Fall(noun)

    extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as, the water of a stream has a fall of five feet

  36. Fall(noun)

    the season when leaves fall from trees; autumn

  37. Fall(noun)

    that which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy fall of snow

  38. Fall(noun)

    the act of felling or cutting down

  39. Fall(noun)

    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

  40. Fall(noun)

    formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling band; a faule

  41. Fall(noun)

    that part (as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting


  1. Fall

    Fall is the title of American country music singer Clay Walker's ninth album. It was released April 17, 2007, on Asylum-Curb Records. The album's first single was "'Fore She Was Mama", which reached #21 on the Hot Country Songs charts in mid-2007. Following this song was the title track, which reached #5 on the same chart and became Walker's first Top Five country hit since "The Chain of Love" in 2000. "Fall" was also covered by Kimberley Locke, whose own version was a single as well. The third and final single from this album, "She Likes It in the Morning", peaked at #43. Also included is a cover of Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls", recorded here as a duet with Fender. This cover is also Walker's first duet.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fall' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1526

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fall' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1415

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fall' in Nouns Frequency: #922

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fall' in Verbs Frequency: #80

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the act of falling

He had a fall.

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