WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fell1 /fɛl/USA pronunciation v. 

    pt. of fall.fall

fell2 /fɛl/USA pronunciation v. [+ object]

    to knock, strike, shoot, or cut down;
    cause to fall:to fell a tree.

fell3 /fɛl/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. fierce;
    cruel;
    deadly:a fell disease.
idiom
  1. Idiomsat or in one fell swoop, all at once or all together, as if by a single blow:The tornado leveled the houses in one fell swoop.


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fall /fɔl/USA pronunciation v., fell/fɛl/USA pronunciationfall•en, fall•ing,n. 

v. [no object]
  • to drop or come down under the force of gravity:The apple fell from the tree.
  • to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, esp. to leave a standing or erect position suddenly:I fell to my knees.
  • to become less or lower; decline:The temperature fell rapidly.
  • to grow less powerful or forceful;
    subside or abate:The wind fell.
  • to extend downward; hang down:Her hair fell to her waist.
  • to become lowered or directed downward:Her eyes fell as she began to explain why she had stolen the money.
  • to give in to temptation or sin, esp. to become unchaste:He had fallen into sin.
  • to give in and lose to an attack:The city fell to the enemy.
  • to be overthrown, such as a government:The dictatorship had finally fallen.
  • to drop down wounded or dead, esp. to be killed:fallen in battle.
  • to pass into some physical, mental, or emotional condition:to fall into a coma.
  • to come or occur as if by dropping, such as stillness or night:The sun went down and night fell rapidly.
  • to come by lot or chance:The chore fell to me.
  • See fall to below.
  • to come to pass or occur at a certain time:Christmas falls on a Monday this year.
  • to have its proper place:The accent falls on the last syllable.
  • to come by right:The inheritance fell to the only living relative.
  • to lose animation; appear disappointed or dismayed:The child's face fell when the bird flew away.
  • to slope or extend in a downward direction:The field falls gently to the river.
  • fall back, [no object] to give way; retreat:The troops fell back to their fortified positions.
  • fall back on or upon, [+ back + on/upon + object] to have recourse to;
    rely on:We had no savings to fall back on.
  • fall behind, [no object]
    • to lag in pace or progress:to fall behind in their studies.
    • to fail to pay one's debts on time.
    fall for, [+ for + object][Slang.]
    • to be deceived by:I can't believe you would fall for an old trick like that.
    • to fall in love with:He had fallen for her pretty badly.
  • fall in with, [+ in + with + object] to start to associate with:to fall in with bad company.
  • fall off, [no object] to decrease in number, amount, or intensity; diminish:The winds fell off once the storm passed.
  • fall on or upon, [+ on/upon + object]
    • to assault:The gang fell on their rivals with knives and chains.
    • to become the obligation or duty of:The welfare of the family fell on me.
    • to experience or come upon:Once again we had fallen on bad times.
    fall out: 
    • [+ out ( + with + object)] to quarrel; disagree:They had fallen out only a week before their wedding.
    • [no object] to come out:His hair fell out after a few weeks of chemotherapy.
    fall over: 
    • [no object] to collapse:fell over in a faint.
  • fall through, [no object] to fail to be accomplished; collapse:My plans kept falling through.
  • fall to, [+ verb-ing] to apply oneself;
    begin:They fell to bickering among themselves.
  • fall under, [+ under + object]
    • to be the concern or responsibility of:The ESL program fell under his jurisdiction.
    • to be classified as; be included within:This crime falls under the category of murder.

    n. 
  • [countable] an act or instance of falling or dropping from a higher to a lower place or position:a rapid fall in prices.
  • [countable] something that falls or drops:a heavy fall of rain.
  • [uncountable; often: the + ~] the season of the year that comes after summer and before winter;
    autumn.
  • [countable;
    usually singular]
    a sinking to a lower level;
    decline:the fall of an empire.
  • [countable] the distance through which anything falls:a long fall to the ground.
  • GeographyUsually,falls. [plural] a waterfall.
  • [countable] a downward slope:the gentle rise and fall of the meadow.
  • [countable] a falling from an erect position, such as to the ground:She had a bad fall and broke her arm.
  • [countable;
    usually singular]
    a succumbing to temptation;
    lapse into sin.
  • [countable] surrender or capture, such as of a city.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    fell /fɛl/ vb (transitive)
    1. to cut or knock down: to fell a tree, to fell an opponent
    2. to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)
    n
    1. US Canadian the timber felled in one season
    2. a seam finished by felling
    Etymology: Old English fellan; related to Old Norse fella, Old High German fellen; see fall
    fell /fɛl/ adj
    1. archaic cruel or fierce; terrible
    2. archaic destructive or deadly
    3. one fell swoopa single hasty action or occurrence
    Etymology: 13th Century fel, from Old French: cruel, from Medieval Latin fellō villain; see felon1
    fell /fɛl/ vb
    1. the past tense of fall
    fell /fɛl/ n
    1. an animal skin or hide
    Etymology: Old English; related to Old High German fel skin, Old Norse berfjall bearskin, Latin pellis skin; see peel1
    fell /fɛl/ n
    1. (often plural) Northern English Scot a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
    2. (in combination): fell-walking
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse fjall; related to Old High German felis rock



    fall /fɔːl/ vb (falls, falling, fell /fɛl/, fallen /ˈfɔːlən/)(mainly intr)
    1. to descend by the force of gravity from a higher to a lower place
    2. to drop suddenly from an erect position
    3. to collapse to the ground, esp in pieces
    4. to become less or lower in number, quality, etc: prices fell in the summer
    5. to become lower in pitch
    6. to extend downwards: her hair fell to her waist
    7. to be badly wounded or killed
    8. to slope in a downward direction
    9. to yield to temptation or sin
    10. to diminish in status, estimation, etc
    11. to yield to attack: the city fell under the assault
    12. to lose power: the government fell after the riots
    13. to pass into or take on a specified condition: to fall asleep, fall in love
    14. to adopt a despondent expression: her face fell
    15. to be averted: her gaze fell
    16. to come by chance or presumption: suspicion fell on the butler
    17. to occur; take place: night fell, Easter falls early this year
    18. followed by back, behind, etc: to move in a specified direction
    19. to occur at a specified place: the accent falls on the last syllable
    20. (followed by to) to return (to); be inherited (by): the estate falls to the eldest son
    21. often followed by into, under, etc: to be classified or included: the subject falls into two main areas
    22. to issue forth: a curse fell from her lips
    23. (transitive) Austral NZ dialect to fell (trees)
    24. (of a batsman's wicket) to be taken by the bowling side: the sixth wicket fell for 96
    25. fall shortto prove inadequate
    26. (often followed by of) to fail to reach or measure up to (a standard)
    n
    1. an act or instance of falling
    2. something that falls: a fall of snow
    3. chiefly US autumn
    4. the distance that something falls: a hundred-foot fall
    5. a sudden drop from an upright position
    6. (often plural) a waterfall or cataract
    7. (capital when part of a name): Niagara Falls
    8. a downward slope or decline
    9. a decrease in value, number, etc
    10. a decline in status or importance
    11. a capture or overthrow: the fall of the city
    12. the end of a tackle to which power is applied to hoist it

    13. Also called: pinfall a scoring move, pinning both shoulders of one's opponent to the floor for a specified period
    14. the birth of an animal
    15. the animals produced at a single birth

    See also fall about, fall apartEtymology: Old English feallan; related to Old Norse falla, Old Saxon, Old High German fallan to fall; see fell²



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