What does fall mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fall.

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"


  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

  42. 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. sfa`llein to cause to fall, Skr. sphal, sphul, to tremble. Cf. Fail, Fell, v. t., to cause to fall.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fall

    fawl, v.i. to drop down: to descend by the force of gravity: to become prostrate: (of a river) to discharge itself: to slope down: to sink as if dead: to vanish: to die away: to lose strength, subside: to decline in power, wealth, value, or reputation: to be overthrown: to be compelled to yield: to become downcast: to sink into sin, to yield to temptation: to depart from the faith: to become dejected: to pass gently into any state, as 'to fall in love,' 'to fall asleep:' to befall: to issue, occur: to enter upon with haste or vehemence: to rush: to be dropped in birth: to be required or necessary: to fall away:—pr.p. fall′ing; pa.t. fell; pa.p. fallen (faw′ln).n. the act of falling, in any of its senses: descent by gravity, a dropping down: that which falls—a trap-door, &c.: as much as comes down at one time, as 'a fall of snow,' &c.: overthrow: death: descent from a better to a worse position: slope or declivity: descent of water: a cascade: length of a fall: outlet of a river: decrease in value: a sinking of the voice: the time when the leaves fall, autumn: a bout at wrestling: the yielding of a city or stronghold to the enemy: that which falls: a lapse into sin, esp. that of Adam and Eve, called 'the Fall:' a kind of collar worn in the 17th century.—adj. Fall′en, in a degraded state, ruined.—ns. Fall′ing, that which falls; Fall′ing-band (see Band); Fall′ing-sick′ness, epilepsy; Fall′ing-star, a meteor; Fall′ing-stone, a portion of an exploded meteor; Fall′trank, a medicine compounded of certain aromatic and astringent Swiss plants, of repute for accidents; Fall′-trap, a trap which operates by falling.—Fall-a, to begin; Fall across, to meet by chance; Fall among, to come into the midst of; Fall away, to decline gradually, to languish: to grow lean: to revolt or apostatise; Fall back, to retreat, give way; Fall back, fall edge, no matter what may happen; Fall back upon, to have recourse to some expedient or resource in reserve; Fall behind, to slacken, to be outstripped; Fall flat, to fail completely, as a shopman in attracting attention or purchasers, a new book, &c.; Fall foul, to come in collision: to quarrel (with of); Fall in (with), to concur or agree: to comply: to place themselves in order, as soldiers; Fall off, to separate or be broken: to die away, to perish: to revolt or apostatise; Fall on, to begin eagerly: to make an attack: to meet; Fall on one's feet, to come well out of a difficulty, to gain any unexpected good fortune; Fall out, to quarrel: to happen or befall; Fall over (Shak.), to go over to the enemy; Fall short, to be deficient (with of); Fall through, to fail, come to nothing; Fall to, to begin hastily and eagerly: to apply one's self to; Fall upon, to attack: to attempt: to rush against.—Try a fall, to take a bout at wrestling. [A.S. feallan; Ger. fallen; prob. conn. with L. fallĕre, to deceive.]

  2. Fall

    fawl, n. the cry given when a whale is sighted, or harpooned: the chase of a whale.—Loose fall, the losing of a whale. [Prob. from the north-eastern Scotch pronunciation of whale.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fall

    A vertical descent of a river through a narrow rocky pass, or over a ledge, to the impediment of navigation. Also, the loose end of a tackle, or that part to which the power is applied in hoisting, and on which the people pull. Also, in ship-building, the descent of a deck from a fair-curve lengthwise, as frequently seen in merchantmen and yachts, to give height to the commander's cabin, and sometimes forward at the hawse-holes. Also, a large cutting down of timber. Also, North American English for autumn, when the navigation of northern inland waters is about to close till the succeeding spring.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fall

    The surrender or capture of a place after it has been besieged.

  2. fall

    The rope rove through blocks, used with gins and shears for raising weights, and with the crab for moving them.

  3. fall

    The descent of a body by the attraction of the earth.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Fall

    An Americanism for autumn, in allusion to the fall of the leaves.

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fall in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fall in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fall in a Sentence

  1. Marco Rubio:

    Don't fall for it.

  2. Dante Scala:

    It's been a slow fall.

  3. sammie puzse:

    only fools fall in love

  4. Mary Kay Ash:

    We fall forward to succeed.

  5. Mikael Rautanen:

    The stock will fall clearly.

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