Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Fall
  1. the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions); "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort"
  2. a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice"
  3. a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity; "a fall from virtue"
  4. 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"
  5. a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"
  6. a movement downward; "the rise and fall of the tides"
  7. a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"
  8. when a wrestler''s shoulders are forced to the mat
  9. the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve; "women have been blamed ever since the Fall"
  10. a downward slope or bend
  11. the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night"
  12. the season when the leaves fall from the trees; "in the fall of 1973"
  13. 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 he
  14. decrease in size, extent, or range; "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"
  15. come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell"
  16. go as if by falling; "Grief fell from our hearts"
  17. occur at a specified time or place; "Christmas falls on a Monday this year"; "The accent falls on the first syllable"
  18. begin vigorously; "The prisoners fell to work right away"
  19. be born, used chiefly of lambs; "The lambs fell in the afternoon"
  20. come out; issue; "silly phrases fell from her mouth"
  21. be cast down; "his eyes fell"
  22. assume a disappointed or sad expression; "Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off"; "his crest fell"
  23. fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back"
  24. 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"
  25. descend in free fall under the influence of gravity; "The branch fell from the tree"; "The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse"
  26. drop oneself to a lower or less erect position; "She fell back in her chair"; "He fell to his knees"
  27. lose an upright position suddenly; "The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table"; "Her hair fell across her forehead"
  28. slope downward; "The hills around here fall towards the ocean"
  29. move in a specified direction; "The line of men fall forward"
  30. 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"
  31. fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
  32. come into the possession of; "The house accrued to the oldest son"
  33. be captured; "The cities fell to the enemy"
  34. 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 yougest student"
  35. to be given by right or inheritance; "The estate fell to the oldest daughter"
  36. lose office or power; "The government fell overnight"; "The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen"
  37. suffer defeat, failure, or ruin; "We must stand or fall"; "fall by the wayside"
  38. yield to temptation or sin; "Adam and Eve fell"
  39. lose one''s chastity; "a fallen woman"
  40. 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"
  41. 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"
  42. be due; "payments fall on the 1st of the month"
  43. come under, be classified or included; "fall into a category"; "This comes under a new heading"
  44. fall from clouds; "rain, snow and sleet were falling"; "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"
Similar Words: capitulation, surrender, spill, tumble, drop, dip, free fall, downfall, pin, Fall, descent, declivity, decline, declination, declension, downslope, twilight, dusk, gloaming, nightfall, evenfall, crepuscule, crepuscle, autumn, decrease, diminish, lessen, descend, settle, hang, flow, go down, come down, fall down, return, pass, devolve, light, accrue, shine, strike, come, precipitate


See Also: fall for, fall through, fall flat, founder, flop, lag, dawdle, fall back, fall behind, break, separate, split up, fall apart, come apart, crumble, slip, drop off, drop away, fall away, lose, recede, collapse, fall in, cave in, give, give way


Hyponyms: wipeout, correction, voltage drop, free fall, plunge, precipitation, anticlimax, takedown, downhill, steep, night, fall in love, break, shrink, shrivel, taper, drop off, vanish, fly, vaporize, ease up, ease off, slacken off, flag, weaken, boil down, reduce, decoct, concentrate, contract, shrivel up, wither, abate, let up, slack off, slack, die away, deflate, dwindle, dwindle away, dwindle down, remit, de-escalate, depreciate, undervalue, devaluate, devalue, shorten, thin out, decline, go down, wane, decelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retard, decrescendo, prolapse, rappel, abseil, rope down, unhorse, dismount, light, get off, get down, avalanche, roll down, dive, plunk, set, go under, slump, correct, precipitate, sink, subside, crash, flop, tumble, topple, drop, plop, pitch, alight, climb down, settle, pounce, swoop, drip, cascade, cascade down, rain, rain down, spat, snow, hail, sleet


Grouped Verbs: descend, settle, precipitate, come down, fall down, accrue, light, return, pass, devolve


Entailments: condense, distill, distil


Part Meronyms: wrestling match, evening, eve, eventide


Derivational Morphology: surrender, give up, capitulate, fall down, topple, tumble, tip, decrease, diminish, lessen, drop, descend, go down, come down, decline, dip, free fall, diminution, reduction, step-down, decrement, lessening, drop-off, hang, descent, faller, spill, declivity, declination, declension, downslope, accumulation, accrual, accruement, capitulation, downfall, Fall, precipitation


Language Translations:
Albanian: bie   Bosnian: padati  
Catalan: caure   Croatian: padati  
Danish: fald and falde   Dutch: val and vallen  
Esperanto: fali   Estonian: kukkuma and kukkumine  
Finnish: kaatua and putoaminen   French: chute and tomber  
German: Fall and fallen   Hungarian: esik  
Ido: falar   Indonesian: jatuh  
Interlingua: cader and cadita   Irish: tit  
Italian: cadere and caduta   Japanese: 落ちる and 落下  
Korean: 넘어지다   Latin: cadere  
Norwegian: fall and falle   Persian: فتادن  
Polish: spadać and spadek   Portuguese: cair and queda  
Romanian: cădea and cădere   Russian: падать and падение  
Slovene: padec and pasti   Spanish: caída and caer  
Swedish: fall and falla   Telugu: పడు  
Turkish: düşmek  
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