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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)
  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)
  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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