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fell1 /fɛl/USA pronunciation
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fell2 /fɛl/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]
pt. of fall.fall
fell3 /fɛl/USA pronunciation
to knock, strike, shoot, or cut down;
cause to fall:to fell a tree.
deadly:a fell disease.
- 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.
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
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.
fall for, [~ + for + object][Slang.]
- to fail to pay one's debts on time.
- to be deceived by:I can't believe you would fall for an old trick like that.
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 fall in love with:He had fallen for her pretty badly.
- 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.
- [~ + 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 through, [no object] to fail to be accomplished; collapse:My plans kept falling through.
fall to, [~ + verb-ing] to apply oneself;
- [no object] to collapse:fell over in a faint.
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.
[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;
- to be classified as; be included within:This crime falls under the category of murder.
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.
usually singular] a succumbing to temptation;
lapse into sin.
[countable] surrender or capture, such as of a city.
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fell /fɛl/ vb (transitive)
- to cut or knock down: to fell a tree, to fell an opponent
- to fold under and sew flat (the edges of a seam)
Etymology: Old English fellan; related to Old Norse fella, Old High German fellen; see fall
- US Canadian the timber felled in one season
- a seam finished by felling
fell /fɛl/ adj
Etymology: 13th Century fel, from Old French: cruel, from Medieval Latin fellō villain; see felon1
- archaic cruel or fierce; terrible
- archaic destructive or deadly
- one fell swoop ⇒ a single hasty action or occurrence
fell /fɛl/ vb
- the past tense of fall
fell /fɛl/ n
Etymology: Old English; related to Old High German fel skin, Old Norse berfjall bearskin, Latin pellis skin; see peel1
- an animal skin or hide
fell /fɛl/ n
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse fjall; related to Old High German felis rock
- (often plural) Northern English Scot a mountain, hill, or tract of upland moor
- (in combination): fell-walking
fall /fɔːl/ vb (falls, falling, fell /fɛl/, fallen /ˈfɔːlən/)(mainly intr)
- to descend by the force of gravity from a higher to a lower place
- to drop suddenly from an erect position
- to collapse to the ground, esp in pieces
- to become less or lower in number, quality, etc: prices fell in the summer
- to become lower in pitch
- to extend downwards: her hair fell to her waist
- to be badly wounded or killed
- to slope in a downward direction
- to yield to temptation or sin
- to diminish in status, estimation, etc
- to yield to attack: the city fell under the assault
- to lose power: the government fell after the riots
- to pass into or take on a specified condition: to fall asleep, fall in love
- to adopt a despondent expression: her face fell
- to be averted: her gaze fell
- to come by chance or presumption: suspicion fell on the butler
- to occur; take place: night fell, Easter falls early this year
- followed by back, behind, etc: to move in a specified direction
- to occur at a specified place: the accent falls on the last syllable
- (followed by to) to return (to); be inherited (by): the estate falls to the eldest son
- often followed by into, under, etc: to be classified or included: the subject falls into two main areas
- to issue forth: a curse fell from her lips
- (transitive) Austral NZ dialect to fell (trees)
- (of a batsman's wicket) to be taken by the bowling side: the sixth wicket fell for 96
- fall short ⇒ to prove inadequate
- (often followed by of) to fail to reach or measure up to (a standard)
See also fall about
- an act or instance of falling
- something that falls: a fall of snow
- chiefly US autumn
- the distance that something falls: a hundred-foot fall
- a sudden drop from an upright position
- (often plural) a waterfall or cataract
- (capital when part of a name): Niagara Falls
- a downward slope or decline
- a decrease in value, number, etc
- a decline in status or importance
- a capture or overthrow: the fall of the city
- the end of a tackle to which power is applied to hoist it
Also called: pinfall a scoring move, pinning both shoulders of one's opponent to the floor for a specified period
- the birth of an animal
- the animals produced at a single birth
, fall apartEtymology: Old English feallan; related to Old Norse falla, Old Saxon, Old High German fallan to fall; see fell²
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