- An old Scots unit of measure equal to six ells.
- (chiefly Canada, US, obsolete elsewhere, from the falling of leaves during this season) The time of the year when the leaves typically fall from the trees; autumn; the season of the year between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. [from 16th c.]
- (cricket, of a wicket) The action of a batsman being out.
- A hairpiece for women consisting of long strands of hair on a woven backing, intended primarily to cover hair loss.
- See falls
- A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc.
- (sports) A crucial event or circumstance.
- (wrestling) An instance of a wrestler being pinned to the mat.
- The part of the rope of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.
- The act of moving to a lower position under the effect of gravity.
- A loss of greatness or status.
"the fall of Rome"
- (curling) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown into an area to drift in a given direction.
- (informal, US) Blame or punishment for a failure or misdeed.
"He set up his rival to take the fall."
- To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; said of the face.
- (obsolete) To let fall; to drop.
- To be dropped or uttered carelessly.
"An unguarded expression fell from his lips."
- (intransitive) To happen, to change negatively.
- (intransitive) To collapse; to be overthrown or defeated.
"Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD."
- (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.
"Our senator fell into disrepute because of the banking scandal."
- (transitive, obsolete) To bring forth.
- To come down, to drop or descend.
"The rain fell at dawn."
- To become ensnared or entrapped; to be worse off than before.
"to fall into error; to fall into difficulties"
- (transitive) To be moved downwards.
- To begin with haste, ardour, or vehemence; to rush or hurry.
"After arguing, they fell to blows."
- (Britain, US, dialect, archaic) To fell; to cut down.
"to fall a tree"
- To occur (on a certain day of the week, date, or similar); said of an instance of a recurring event such as a holiday or date.
"Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday. Last year, Commencement fell on June 3."
- (intransitive) To become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc.).
"The candidate's poll ratings fell abruptly after the banking scandal."
- (transitive, obsolete) To diminish; to lessen or lower.
- 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 descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin.
- To be brought to the ground.
- To happen; to come to pass; to chance or light (upon).
- (obsolete) To sink; to depress.
"to fall the voice"
- (copulative) To become.
"She has fallen ill. The children fell asleep in the back of the car. When did you first fall in love?"
- (intransitive, formal, euphemistic) To die, especially in battle or by disease.
"This is a monument to all those who fell in the First World War."
- (transitive) To be allotted to; to arrive through chance, fate, or inheritance.
"And so it falls to me to make this important decision. The estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals."
- (heading, intransitive) To move downwards.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; said of the young of certain animals.
- To come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself.
"He fell to the floor and begged for mercy."