the season when the leaves fall from the trees; in the fall of 1973
[ Syn: autumn ]
when a wrestlers shoulders are forced to the mat
[ Syn: pin ]
a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height
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
a sudden drop from an upright position; he had a nasty spill on the ice
the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve; women have been blamed ever since the Fall
[ Syn: fall ]
a downward slope or bend
a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity; a fall from virtue'
a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; the fall of the House of Hapsburg
[ Syn: downfall ]
a movement downward; the rise and fall of the tides'
the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions); they were protected until the capitulation of the fort
the time of day immediately following sunset; he loved the twilight; they finished before the fall of night
descend in free fall under the influence of gravity; The branch fell from the tree; The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse'
occur at a specified time or place; Christmas falls on a Monday this year; The accent falls on the first syllable'
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
yield to temptation or sin; Adam and Eve fell'
lose office or power; The government fell overnight; The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen'
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'
move in a specified direction; The line of men fall forward'
be due; payments fall on the 1st of the month'
lose one's chastity; a fallen woman'
to be given by right or inheritance; The estate fell to the oldest daughter'
come into the possession of; The house accrued to the oldest son
[ Syn: accrue ]
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
fall to somebody by assignment or lot; The task fell to me; It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims
[ Syn: light ]
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
slope downward; The hills around here fall towards the ocean'
lose an upright position suddenly; The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table; Her hair fell across her forehead
[ Syn: fall down ]
drop oneself to a lower or less erect position; She fell back in her chair; He fell to his knees'
fall or flow in a certain way; This dress hangs well; Her long black hair flowed down her back
assume a disappointed or sad expression; Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off; his crest fell'
be cast down; his eyes fell'
come out; issue; silly phrases fell from her mouth'
be born, used chiefly of lambs; The lambs fell in the afternoon'
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'
begin vigorously; The prisoners fell to work right away'
go as if by falling; Grief fell from our hearts'
come as if by falling; Night fell; Silence fell
come under, be classified or included; fall into a category; This comes under a new heading
[ Syn: come ]
fall from clouds; rain, snow and sleet were falling; Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum
suffer defeat, failure, or ruin; We must stand or fall; fall by the wayside'
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'
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
be captured; The cities fell to the enemy'