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Dictionary definition for: Fall

1. (v) descend in free fall under the influence of gravity; "The branch fell from the tree" "The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse"

2. (n) the season when the leaves fall from the trees; "in the fall of 1973"

3. (n) a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice"

4. (v) 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"

5. (v) 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

6. (n) the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve; "women have been blamed ever since the Fall"

7. (n) a downward slope or bend

8. (v) come under, be classified or included; "fall into a category" "This comes under a new heading"

9. (n) a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity; "a fall from virtue"

10. (v) fall from clouds; "rain, snow and sleet were falling" "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum"

11. (n) a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"

12. (v) suffer defeat, failure, or ruin; "We must stand or fall" "fall by the wayside"

13. (n) a movement downward; "the rise and fall of the tides"

14. (v) 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. (v) 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"

16. (n) the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions) "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort"

17. (n) the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight" "they finished before the fall of night"

18. (v) 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"

19. (v) be captured; "The cities fell to the enemy"

20. (n) when a wrestler''s shoulders are forced to the mat

21. (v) occur at a specified time or place; "Christmas falls on a Monday this year" "The accent falls on the first syllable"

22. (n) a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height"

23. (v) yield to temptation or sin; "Adam and Eve fell"

24. (n) 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"

25. (v) lose office or power; "The government fell overnight" "The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen"

26. (v) 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"

27. (v) move in a specified direction; "The line of men fall forward"

28. (v) be due; "payments fall on the 1st of the month"

29. (v) lose one''s chastity; "a fallen woman"

30. (v) to be given by right or inheritance; "The estate fell to the oldest daughter"

31. (v) come into the possession of; "The house accrued to the oldest son"

32. (v) fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me" "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"

33. (v) 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"

34. (v) slope downward; "The hills around here fall towards the ocean"

35. (v) lose an upright position suddenly; "The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table" "Her hair fell across her forehead"

36. (v) drop oneself to a lower or less erect position; "She fell back in her chair" "He fell to his knees"

37. (v) fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well" "Her long black hair flowed down her back"

38. (v) assume a disappointed or sad expression; "Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off" "his crest fell"

39. (v) be cast down; "his eyes fell"

40. (v) come out; issue; "silly phrases fell from her mouth"

41. (v) be born, used chiefly of lambs; "The lambs fell in the afternoon"

42. (v) begin vigorously; "The prisoners fell to work right away"

43. (v) go as if by falling; "Grief fell from our hearts"

44. (v) come as if by falling; "Night fell" "Silence fell"

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