verb (falls, falling, fell or (sense 7 only) (archaic) felled, fallen or (sense 7 ony) (archaic) felled)
- The act of moving in gas or vacuum under the effect of gravity to a lower position.
- (chiefly North America, obsolete elsewhere; from the falling of leaves during this season) autumn, Autumn.
- A loss of greatness or status; as, the fall of Rome.
- (cricket) (of a wicket) The act of a batsman being out.
- (In plural only: falls) A waterfall.
- (curling) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown in an area to drift in a given direction
- (intransitive) To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity
- Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.
- to come down, to drop or descend
- The rain fell at dawn.
- to come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself
- He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.
- to be brought to the ground; to collapse, to be overthrown or defeated; to die
- Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.
- to be allotted to; to come to through chance or fate
- And so it falls to me to make this important decision.
- (transitive) (followed by an adjective) To become; to change into the state described by the adjective that follows.
- She has fallen ill.
- Usage note: Now only used in certain set phrases and expressions (see "Derived terms" below).
- (transitive) (archaic) To cause something to fall (4); especially to cause a tree to fall (4) by cutting it down.
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