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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)
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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