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Fall

Fall appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Trap all afoot; I too fall apart.
  • I, Marian, I too fall; a foot-in-air am I.
  • "Deer gay men eye fall!" a fey enemy agreed.
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Usage statistics for the verb fall:

spoken English33.64%written English66.36% conversational speech55.85%task-oriented speech44.15% imaginative writing62.89%informational writing37.11%
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Fall is sometimes a misspelling of fallen, fell or full.

The word fall is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun fall

What does fall mean as a name of something?

Fall is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural:

  • fall: falls
  • Fall: -

  1. the season when the leaves fall from the trees
  2. a sudden drop from an upright position
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of fall: spill / tumble
    • more generic words: slip / trip = an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
    • more specific words:
  3. the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve
    • example: women have been blamed ever since the Fall
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • instance of: event = something that happens at a given place and time
  4. a downward slope or bend
  5. a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity
    • example: a fall from virtue
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: sin / sinning = an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will
  6. a sudden decline in strength or number or importance
    • example: the fall of the House of Hapsburg
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of fall: downfall
    • antonym of fall: rise
    • more generic word: weakening = becoming weaker
    • more specific word: anticlimax = a disappointing decline after a previous rise
  7. a movement downward
    • example: the rise and fall of the tides
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • antonym: rise
    • more generic terms: change of location / travel = a movement through space that changes the location of something
  8. the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of fall: capitulation / surrender
    • more generic word: loss = the act of losing someone or something
  9. the time of day immediately following sunset
  10. when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of fall: pin
    • more generic words: triumph / victory = a successful ending of a struggle or contest
    • more specific word: takedown = being brought to the mat from a standing position
    • part of: wrestling match = a match between wrestlers
  11. a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of fall: drop
    • more generic words: gravitation = movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction; descent = a movement downward
    • more specific terms:
      • free fall = the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field
      • plunge = a steep and rapid fall
      • precipitation = the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height
  12. a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
    • example: when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of fall: dip / drop / free fall
    • more generic words: decrease / decrement = the amount by which something decreases
    • more specific terms:
      • correction = a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases
      • voltage drop = a decrease in voltage along a conductor through which current is flowing

Alternative definition of the noun fall

noun

  1. The act of moving in a fluid or vacuum under the effect of gravity to a lower position.
  2. A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc.
  3. [chiefly North America, obsolete elsewhere, from the falling of leaves during this season] autumn.
  4. A loss of greatness or status.
  5. [context: cricket, of a wicket] The action of a batsman being out.
  6. [curling] A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown into an area to drift in a given direction
  7. [informal, US] Blame or punishment for a failure or misdeed.
  8. The part of the rope of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.
  9. See 'falls'

Specialised definition of the noun fall

Glossary of sports

not to be successful in doing something (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / wrestling

a scoring move in which a wrestler forces the opponent's shoulders to the floor for a specific period; to drop or be dropped or lowered (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the forcing of an opponent's shoulders on to the mat (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb fall

What does fall mean as a doing word?

Fall is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
fellfallenfallingfalls

  1. descend in free fall under the influence of gravity
  2. move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
  3. pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind
  4. come under, be classified or included
    • example: fall into a category
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of fall: come
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  5. fall from clouds
    • example: rain, snow and sleet were falling
    • lexical domain: Weather - verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering
    • synonyms of fall: come down / precipitate
    • more specific terms:
      • rain down / rain = precipitate as rain
      • spat = come down like raindrops
      • snow = fall as snow
      • hail = precipitate as small ice particles
      • sleet = precipitate as a mixture of rain and snow
    • entailment: condense / distil / distill = undergo condensation
  6. suffer defeat, failure, or ruin
    • examples: We must stand or fall | fall by the wayside
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: fail / go wrong / miscarry = be unsuccessful
  7. die, as in battle or in a hunt
  8. touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
  9. be captured
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: yield = cease opposition
  10. occur at a specified time or place
  11. decrease in size, extent, or range
  12. yield to temptation or sin
  13. lose office or power
  14. to be given by assignment or distribution
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
  15. move in a specified direction
    • example: The line of men fall forward
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
  16. be due
    • example: payments fall on the 1st of the month
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  17. lose one's chastity
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
  18. to be given by right or inheritance
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
  19. come into the possession of
  20. fall to somebody by assignment or lot
  21. be inherited by
  22. slope downward
    • example: The hills around here fall towards the ocean
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: incline / pitch / slope = be at an angle
  23. lose an upright position suddenly
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of fall: fall down
    • more generic term: change posture = undergo a change in bodily posture
  24. drop oneself to a lower or less erect position
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic term: change posture = undergo a change in bodily posture
  25. fall or flow in a certain way
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of fall: flow / hang
  26. assume a disappointed or sad expression
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  27. be cast down
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
  28. come out; issue
  29. be born, used chiefly of lambs
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic term: be born = come into existence through birth
  30. begin vigorously
  31. go as if by falling
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: disappear / go away / vanish = get lost, as without warning or explanation
  32. come as if by falling
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of fall: descend / settle
    • more generic word: come = come to pass

Alternative definition of the verb fall

verb

  1. [intransitive] To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
  2. [intransitive] To come down, to drop or descend.
  3. [intransitive] To come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself.
  4. [intransitive] To be brought to the ground.
  5. [intransitive] To collapse; to be overthrown or defeated.
  6. [intransitive, formal, euphemistic] To die, especially in battle.
  7. [transitive] To be allotted to; to arrive through chance or fate.
  8. [intransitive] To become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc).
  9. [intransitive, followed by a determining word or phrase] To become; to be affected by or befallen with a calamity; to change into the state described by words following; to become prostrated literally or figuratively [qualifier, see 'Usage notes' below].
  10. [context: copulative] To become.
  11. [transitive, archaic] To cause something to descend to the ground (to drop it); especially to cause a tree to descend to the ground by cutting it down (felling it).

Specialised definition of the verb fall

Glossary of sports

to become weaker and less likely to recover (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Groups

  1. Fall a.k.a. The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester. With an ever-changing line up, the group essentially consists of its founder and only constant member, Mark E. Smith. The singer is famously dismissive of musicians and when asked about the high turnover of Fall members said "if it's me and your granny on bongos, then it's [the] Fall".
  2. Fall is a musical group.
    • albums: "Samozatracenie", "Śnij ziemio moja..."

There are other groups with in their name, like Fall Out, fall-out, Fall Time, Free-fall, Angel Fall, Enola Fall, Fall Apart, Fall River, Fall Time., Fall Walks, Fall Weiss, Mercy Fall, Midas Fall, By The Fall, Coming Fall, Fall Harbor, Fall Horsie, Fall Silent, Fall Victim.

Music

  1. "Fall" is the third EP by British band Ride.
  2. "Fall" is the first EP released by Jon Foreman, frontman of the San Diego rock band Switchfoot. Foreman announced on his MySpace blog that the EP was initially to be released to iTunes and online at jonforeman.com and amazon.com on November 27, 2007. It was released on iTunes and Amazon a week earlier, on the 20th and was promptly removed. It was officially released on November 27, and debuted at No. 15 on the iTunes top albums chart. It peaked at No. 2 on the Amazon Top albums chart.
  3. "Fall", written by Clay Mills, Sonny LeMaire, and Shane Minor, is a song which has been recorded by both country music singer Clay Walker and pop music singer Kimberley Locke, both of whom are signed to Curb Records. Both versions were released within weeks of each other in mid-2007; while Walker's version was released to country radio, Locke's was released to the adult contemporary format. Walker's reached number 5 on the U.S. country singles charts, and Locke's reached Number One on the U.S. Dance charts. Go West front man Peter Cox has recorded a version of "Fall" on his 2010 CD "The S1 Sessions".
  4. "Fall" is country music singer Clay Walker's eighth studio album, released in 2007 by Asylum-Curb Records. Its first single was "'Fore She Was Mama", which reached #21 on the Hot Country Songs charts in mid-2007. Following this song was the title track, which reached #5 on the same chart and became Walker's first Top Five country hit since "The Chain of Love" in 2000. "Fall" was also covered by Kimberley Locke, whose own version was a single as well. The third and final single from this album, "She Likes It in the Morning", peaked at #43. Also included is a cover of Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls", recorded here as a duet with Fender. This cover is also Walker's first duet.
    • genre: Country
    • released on (7 years ago)
  5. "Fall" is a composition, cataloged instance.

Films

  1. "Fall": Two people from completely different worlds meet by chance, thrown together as if by fate. Their attraction is immediately obvious and overwhelming. He is attracted to her beauty and good humor; she is seduced by his charisma and honesty. With his gifts of poetry and tenderness, he opens her heart to the possibility of true love. But it takes a lot of courage to make a commitment.
  2. "Fall" is a film.
    • also known as Fall: The Price of Silence
    • country: Canada
    • genre: Action Film
  3. "Fall" is a 2008 short experimental film written and directed by Patrick Jolley.
  4. "Fall" is a 2011 animated short film directed by Mathias Lachal.
    • also known as Chute
    • country: France
    • genre: Animation
    • released in (4 years ago)
  5. "Fall" is a 2005 short film directed by Kristina Inciuraite.
    • country: Lithuania
    • language: Lithuanian language
    • released in (10 years ago)

Miscellanea

  1. Fall is a canonical version, musical recording.
  2. Fall: A fall or fa’ is a Scottish measurement of length. Other variants of the name include "faw", "faa" and "fa", the spelling with an apologetic apostrophe is not favoured now. The measurement was mostly out of use by the 19th century, and English measurements were imposed in 1824 by an act of parliament.

Phrases with Fall

Phrases starting with the word Fall:

  1. fall in
  2. Fall on
  3. fall for
  4. fall guy
  5. Fall Ill
  6. fall off
  7. fall out
  8. fall away
  9. fall back
  10. fall down
  11. fall flat
  12. fall foul
  13. fall into
  14. Fall Line
  15. fall open
  16. fall over
  17. Fall Prey
  18. fall upon

Phrases ending with the word Fall:

  1. Der Fall
  2. Mid-Fall

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fall

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Google previewTheatre Criticism (2016)

Changing Landscapes by Duška Radosavljevic

The fall is the marker of the thought processes and critical operations deployed by the second photograph onto the first. The fall is the...

Google previewThe Gazetteer of Scotland (1836)

by Robert Chambers

The upper fall is the smaller, and nearly half a mile above the lower.

The lower fall is that which chiefly attracts attention.

Google previewCounty Examination Questions, State of Kansas (1897)

January, 1901 to October, 1901 ; with Answers. (1897-1900) by Kansas. State Board of Education

fall is the attributive ...

Google previewFree Boundary Problems in Fluid Flow with Applications (1993)

by J M Chadam, Helen Rasmussen

A hydraulic fall is a different phenomenon from the well known hydraulic jump, which is a transition from the upstream surface level to a higher downstream surface level. A hydraulic jump occurs in a rectangular channel of flat bottom only ...

Google previewSecrets of the Blue Cliff Record (2002)

Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei by Thomas Cleary

A dangerous fall—Tokusan skillfully executed a dangerous maneuver, acting independently. A dangerous fall means becoming to tally dangerous. A dangerous fall is the eye of the Blue Cliff Record. Isan, Tokusan, and Setcho ...

Google previewThe Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy (2008)

by Dermot Moran

The clown's fall is the exercise of a skill, while the clumsy person's is not. But to say this is to say something general and hypothetical, something about how the clown is disposed to act on other occasions. It is not to say something categorical ...

Google previewDictionary of Biblical Imagery (2010)

by Leland Ryken, James C. Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III

The second decisive, once-for-all Fall is that of *Adam and *Eve in Paradise (see Garden).

Google previewA Dictionary of the Underworld (2015)

British and American by Eric Partridge

See fall for and hot short. *fall for paper-hanging. To be convicted of forgery: 1934 , Rose; extant. See paper-hanging. *fall for the elevation. To be convicted of highway robbery: 1934, Howard N. Rose; extant. Ex the command ' Put up your ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

Fall Out Boy Originating from Chicago, Illinois, USA, emo band Fall Out Boy began to take shape at the turn of the new millennium. Formed by Patrick Stump ( b. 27 April 1984, Evanston, Illinois, USA; vocals/guitar), Joseph Trohman (b.

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Usage statistics about fall

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb fall:

spoken English33.64%written English66.36% conversational speech55.85%task-oriented speech44.15% imaginative writing62.89%informational writing37.11%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun fall:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the noun fall and its most common antonym:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb fall:

lessenprecipitatediminishdecreasedescendshineflowlightsettlestrikehangpassreturnfallcome

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb fall and its most common antonym:

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Quotes about Fall

Fall in line, to survive;
Fall in love, to reason to survive.
Fall in light, to be seen;
Fall in sight, to reason to be seen.
10.08.2004 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of F4A1L1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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