Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)
  2. (noun, act) a sudden drop from an upright position
  3. (noun, act) a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity
  4. (noun, attribute) a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
    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. (noun, event) a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
  6. (noun, event) a movement downward
  7. (noun, event) a sudden decline in strength or number or importance
  8. (noun, event) when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
  9. (noun, event) the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve
  10. (noun, object) a downward slope or bend
  11. (noun, time) the time of day immediately following sunset
    they finished before the fall of night
  12. (noun, time) the season when the leaves fall from the trees
  13. (verb, change) pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind
    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
  14. (verb, change) decrease in size, extent, or range
    The cabin pressure fell dramatically
    her weight fell to under a hundred pounds
    his voice fell to a whisper
  15. (verb, change) come as if by falling
    Silence fell
  16. (verb, change) go as if by falling
  17. (verb, change) occur at a specified time or place
    The accent falls on the first syllable
  18. (verb, change) begin vigorously
  19. (verb, change) be born, used chiefly of lambs
  20. (verb, change) come out; issue
  21. (verb, change) be cast down
  22. (verb, change) assume a disappointed or sad expression
    his crest fell
  23. (verb, contact) fall or flow in a certain way
    Her long black hair flowed down her back
  24. (verb, motion) move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
    The barometer is falling
    The curtain fell on the diva
    Her hand went up and then fell again
  25. (verb, motion) descend in free fall under the influence of gravity
    The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse
  26. (verb, motion) drop oneself to a lower or less erect position
    He fell to his knees
  27. (verb, motion) lose an upright position suddenly
    Her hair fell across her forehead
  28. (verb, motion) slope downward
  29. (verb, motion) move in a specified direction
  30. (verb, possession) be inherited by
    The land returned to the family
    The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead
  31. (verb, possession) fall to somebody by assignment or lot
    It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims
  32. (verb, possession) come into the possession of
  33. (verb, possession) be captured
  34. (verb, possession) to be given by assignment or distribution
    The onus fell on us
    The pressure to succeed fell on the youngest student
  35. (verb, possession) to be given by right or inheritance
  36. (verb, social) lose office or power
    The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen
  37. (verb, social) suffer defeat, failure, or ruin
    fall by the wayside
  38. (verb, social) yield to temptation or sin
  39. (verb, social) lose one's chastity
  40. (verb, stative) touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
    The sun shone on the fields
    The light struck the golden necklace
    A strange sound struck my ears
  41. (verb, stative) die, as in battle or in a hunt
    Several deer have fallen to the same gun
    The shooting victim fell dead
  42. (verb, stative) be due
  43. (verb, stative) come under, be classified or included
    This comes under a new heading
  44. (verb, weather) fall from clouds
    Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum

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Antonyms of Fall


Alternate forms of Fall

Derivations: fall, faller

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

Hypernyms: be, be born, begin, buy the farm, cash in one's chips, change, change hands, change magnitude, change of location, change owners, change posture, change state, choke, come, come about, come forth, come out, commence, conk, croak, decease, decrease, decrement, descent, devolve, die, disappear, drop dead, egress, emerge, exit, expire, fail, fall, fall out, get, get down, give-up the ghost, go, go away, go forth, go on, go wrong, gravitation, hap, happen, hour, incline, issue, kick the bucket, leave office, locomote, loss, miscarry, move, occur, pass, pass away, pass off, perish, pitch, pop off, quit, resign, return, season, set about, set out, side, sin, sinning, slip, slope, snuff it, start, start out, step down, take place, time of day, time of year, transgress, travel, trespass, trip, triumph, turn, vanish, victory, weakening, yield

Origin of the word Fall

  1. O.E. feallan (class VII strong verb; past tense feoll, pp. feallen), from P.Gmc. *fallanan (cf. O.N. falla, O.H.G. fallan), from PIE base *phol- "to fall" (cf. Armenian p'ul "downfall," Lith. puola "to fall," O.Prus. aupallai "finds," lit. "falls upon"). Noun sense of "autumn" (now only in U.S.) is 1660s, sho… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Fall

fa la, fable, fail, faille, fal la, fall away, falla, fallal, fallow, feeble, feebly, feel, fell, fella, fellah

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