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;
    deadly:a fell disease.
  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.

  • [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;
  • [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)
    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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