1. [ verb ] descend in free fall under the influence of gravity

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

Related terms: travel precipitate spill
2. [ verb ] move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
Synonyms: come_down descend go_down

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

Related terms: rise ascend travel drop drip tumble crash pounce unhorse fall_down sink dive alight sink pitch set flop cascade precipitate precipitate correct rappel avalanche prolapse plop collapse descent
3. [ 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"

Related terms: change_state fall_in_love precipitate break lag lag slip fall_back fall_back slump dissolve fall_through fall_through fall_for crumble
4. [ noun ] the season when the leaves fall from the trees
Synonyms: autumn

"in the fall of 1973"

Related terms: season November September October Indian_summer autumnal_equinox
5. [ verb ] come under, be classified or included
Synonyms: come

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

Related terms: be
6. [ verb ] suffer defeat, failure, or ruin

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

Related terms: fail capitulation
7. [ noun ] a sudden drop from an upright position
Synonyms: tumble spill

"he had a nasty spill on the ice"

Related terms: slip wipeout tumble topple tumble
8. [ verb ] fall from clouds
Synonyms: come_down precipitate

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

Related terms: rain snow hail spat sleet precipitation condense
9. [ verb ] touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
Synonyms: strike shine

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

Related terms: be anticipate happen
10. [ verb ] decrease in size, extent, or range
Synonyms: decrease diminish lessen

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

Related terms: increase change_magnitude dwindle decelerate decline shrivel weaken abate drop_off shrink wane taper ease_up depreciate shorten remit thin_out de-escalate boil_down wane vanish shrink decrescendo break break deflate decrease decrease drop decrease
11. [ verb ] be captured

"The cities fell to the enemy"

Related terms: yield capitulation
12. [ noun ] the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve

"women have been blamed ever since the Fall"

Related terms: event
13. [ verb ] occur at a specified time or place

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

Related terms: anticipate happen
14. [ verb ] (biology) 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"

Related terms: die
15. [ verb ] lose office or power

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

Related terms: leave_office
16. [ noun ] (geography) a downward slope
Synonyms: declivity downslope decline declension declination descent
Related terms: ascent slope downhill steep decline
17. [ 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"

18. [ noun ] (religion) a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity

"a fall from virtue"

Related terms: sin
19. [ verb ] (religion) yield to temptation or sin "Adam and Eve fell"
Related terms: sin
20. [ noun ] the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions)
Synonyms: surrender capitulation

"they were protected until the capitulation of the fort"

Related terms: loss surrender capitulate
21. [ verb ] move in a specified direction

"The line of men fall forward"

Related terms: travel
22. [ noun ] a movement downward

"the rise and fall of the tides"

Related terms: rise change_of_location descend
23. [ noun ] a sudden decline in strength or number or importance
Synonyms: downfall

"the fall of the House of Hapsburg"

Related terms: rise weakening anticlimax
24. [ verb ] to be given by right or inheritance

"The estate fell to the oldest daughter"

25. [ verb ] come into the possession of
Synonyms: accrue

"The house accrued to the oldest son"

Related terms: change_hands
26. [ verb ] be born, used chiefly of lambs

: "The lambs fell in the afternoon"

Related terms: be_born
27. [ verb ] begin vigorously

"The prisoners fell to work right away"

Related terms: begin
28. [ verb ] go as if by falling

"Grief fell from our hearts

Related terms: disappear
29. [ verb ] be cast down

"his eyes fell"

Related terms: change
30. [ verb ] come out; issue

"silly phrases fell from her mouth"

Related terms: issue
31. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 8301
32. [ verb ] fall or flow in a certain way
Synonyms: hang flow

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

Related terms: hang
33. [ verb ] assume a disappointed or sad expression

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

Related terms: change
34. [ noun ] the time of day immediately following sunset
Synonyms: dusk nightfall twilight evenfall crepuscle crepuscule gloaming

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

Related terms: hour night evening
35. [ noun ] (sport) when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
Synonyms: pin
Related terms: victory takedown wrestling_match
36. [ verb ] lose an upright position suddenly
Synonyms: fall_down

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

Related terms: change_posture
37. [ verb ] drop oneself to a lower or less erect position

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

Related terms: change_posture spill
38. [ verb ] lose one's chastity

"a fallen woman"

39. [ verb ] slope downward

"The hills around here fall towards the ocean"

Related terms: slope descent
40. [ verb ] fall to somebody by assignment or lot
Synonyms: light

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

Related terms: accrue
41. [ verb ] be due

"payments fall on the 1st of the month"

Related terms: be
42. [ verb ] be inherited by
Synonyms: pass devolve return

"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"

Related terms: change_hands accrue
43. [ verb ] come as if by falling
Synonyms: settle descend

"Night fell" "Silence fell"

Related terms: come
44. [ noun ] a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
Synonyms: falling drop

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

Related terms: descent gravitation precipitation plunge free_fall drop drop
45. [ noun ] a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
Synonyms: drop free_fall dip

"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"

Related terms: decrease voltage_drop correction decrease
Similar spelling:   falla