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FALL (fallen, fell)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Fall mean? 

FALL (noun)
  The noun FALL has 12 senses:

1. the season when the leaves fall from the trees
2. a sudden drop from an upright position
3. the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve
4. a downward slope or bend
5. a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity
6. a sudden decline in strength or number or importance
7. a movement downward
8. the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions)
9. the time of day immediately following sunset
10. when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
11. a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
12. a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

  Familiarity information: FALL used as a noun is familiar.


FALL (verb)
  The verb FALL has 32 senses:

1. descend in free fall under the influence of gravity
2. move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
3. pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind
4. come under, be classified or included
5. fall from clouds
6. suffer defeat, failure, or ruin
7. decrease in size, extent, or range
8. die, as in battle or in a hunt
9. touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
10. be captured
11. occur at a specified time or place
12. yield to temptation or sin
13. lose office or power
14. to be given by assignment or distribution
15. move in a specified direction
16. be due
17. lose one's chastity
18. to be given by right or inheritance
19. come into the possession of
20. fall to somebody by assignment or lot
21. be inherited by
22. slope downward
23. lose an upright position suddenly
24. drop oneself to a lower or less erect position
25. fall or flow in a certain way
26. assume a disappointed or sad expression
27. be cast down
28. come out; issue
29. be born, used chiefly of lambs
30. begin vigorously
31. go as if by falling
32. come as if by falling

  Familiarity information: FALL used as a verb is very familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


FALL (noun)


Sense 1fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The season when the leaves fall from the trees

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

autumn; fall

Context example:

in the fall of 1973

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

season; time of year (one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions)

Meronyms (parts of "fall"):

autumnal equinox; fall equinox; September equinox (September 22)

Indian summer; Saint Martin's summer (a period of unusually warm weather in the autumn)


Sense 2fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden drop from an upright position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

fall; tumble; spill

Context example:

he had a nasty spill on the ice

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

slip; trip (an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fall"):

pratfall (a fall onto your buttocks)

wipeout (a spill in some sport (as a fall from a bicycle or while skiing or being capsized on a surfboard))


Sense 3Fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

women have been blamed ever since the Fall

Instance hypernyms:

event (something that happens at a given place and time)


Sense 4fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A downward slope or bend

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

downslope; declivity; declination; declension; decline; fall; descent

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

incline; side; slope (an elevated geological formation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fall"):

downhill (the downward slope of a hill)

steep (a steep place (as on a hill))


Sense 5fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

a fall from virtue

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

sin; sinning (an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will)


Sense 6fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden decline in strength or number or importance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

downfall; fall

Context example:

the fall of the House of Hapsburg

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

weakening (becoming weaker)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fall"):

anticlimax (a disappointing decline after a previous rise)

Antonym:

rise (a growth in strength or number or importance)


Sense 7fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A movement downward

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the rise and fall of the tides

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

change of location; travel (a movement through space that changes the location of something)

Antonym:

rise (a movement upward)


Sense 8fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of surrendering (under agreed conditions)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

capitulation; surrender; fall

Context example:

they were protected until the capitulation of the fort

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

loss (the act of losing)


Sense 9fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The time of day immediately following sunset

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

twilight; nightfall; gloaming; gloam; evenfall; dusk; crepuscule; crepuscle; fall

Context examples:

he loved the twilight / they finished before the fall of night

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

hour; time of day (clock time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fall"):

night (a shortening of nightfall)

Holonyms ("fall" is a part of...):

eve; even; evening; eventide (the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall))


Sense 10fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

When a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

pin; fall

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

triumph; victory (a successful ending of a struggle or contest)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fall"):

takedown ((amateur wrestling) being brought to the mat from a standing position)

Holonyms ("fall" is a part of...):

wrestling match (a match between wrestlers)


Sense 11fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A free and rapid descent by the force of gravity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

drop; fall

Context example:

it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

gravitation (movement downward resulting from gravitational attraction)

descent (a movement downward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fall"):

precipitation (the act of casting down or falling headlong from a height)

plunge (a steep and rapid fall)

free fall (the ideal falling motion of something subject only to a gravitational field)


Sense 12fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden sharp decrease in some quantity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

free fall; drop; dip; fall

Context examples:

a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index / there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery / a dip in prices / when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall

Hypernyms ("fall" is a kind of...):

decrease; decrement (the amount by which something decreases)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fall"):

correction (a drop in stock market activity or stock prices following a period of increases)

voltage drop (a decrease in voltage along a conductor through which current is flowing)


FALL (verb)


Sense 1fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Descend in free fall under the influence of gravity

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context examples:

The branch fell from the tree / The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

go down; descend; come down; fall

Context examples:

The temperature is going down / The barometer is falling / The curtain fell on the diva / Her hand went up and then fell again

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fall"):

topple; tumble (fall down, as if collapsing)

drop (to fall vertically)

plop (drop with the sound of something falling into water)

pitch (fall or plunge forward)

alight; climb down (come down)

go down; go under; settle; sink (go under,)

pounce; swoop (move down on as if in an attack)

drip (fall in drops)

cascade; cascade down (rush down in big quantities, like a cascade)

flop (fall suddenly and abruptly)

crash (fall or come down violently)

prolapse (slip or fall out of place, as of body parts)

abseil; rappel; rope down (lower oneself with a double rope coiled around the body from a mountainside)

dismount; get down; get off; light; unhorse (get off (a horse))

avalanche; roll down (gather into a huge mass and roll down a mountain, of snow)

dive; plunge; plunk (drop steeply)

go down; go under; set (disappear beyond the horizon)

correct; decline; slump (go down in value)

precipitate (fall vertically, sharply, or headlong)

sink; subside (descend into or as if into some soft substance or place)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

The airplane is sure to fall

Antonym:

rise (move upward)

Also:

fall in (break down, literally or metaphorically)


Sense 3fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

fall into a trap / She fell ill / They fell out of favor / Fall in love / fall asleep / fall prey to an imposter / fall into a strange way of thinking / she fell to pieces after she lost her work

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

change state; turn (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action)

Also:

fall for (be deceived, duped, or entrapped by)

fall flat; fall through; flop; founder (fail utterly; collapse)

dawdle; fall back; fall behind; lag (hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.)

drop off; fall back; fall behind; lose; recede (retreat)

crumble; fall apart (break or fall apart into fragments)

break; come apart; fall apart; separate; split up (become separated into pieces or fragments)

drop away; drop off; fall away; slip (get worse)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fall"):

fall in love (begin to experience feelings of love towards)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Something ----s Adjective/Noun
Somebody ----s Adjective
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come under, be classified or included

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

fall; come

Context examples:

fall into a category / This comes under a new heading

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 5fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall from clouds

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

come down; precipitate; fall

Context examples:

rain, snow and sleet were falling / Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum

"Fall" entails doing...:

condense; distil; distill (undergo condensation; change from a gaseous to a liquid state and fall in drops)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fall"):

rain; rain down (precipitate as rain)

spat (come down like raindrops)

snow (fall as snow)

hail (precipitate as small ice particles)

sleet (precipitate as a mixture of rain and snow)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 6fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suffer defeat, failure, or ruin

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context examples:

We must stand or fall / fall by the wayside

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

fail; go wrong; miscarry (be unsuccessful)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 7fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decrease in size, extent, or range

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

decrease; diminish; lessen; fall

Context examples:

The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester / The cabin pressure fell dramatically / her weight fall to under a hundred pounds / his voice fell to a whisper

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

change magnitude (change in size or magnitude)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fall"):

dwindle; dwindle away; dwindle down (become smaller or lose substance)

remit (diminish or abate)

de-escalate (diminish in size, scope, or intensity)

depreciate; devaluate; devalue; undervalue (lose in value)

shorten (become short or shorter)

thin out (become sparser)

decline; go down; wane (grow smaller)

wane (decrease in phase)

wane (become smaller)

decelerate; retard; slow; slow down; slow up (lose velocity; move more slowly)

decrescendo (grow quieter)

deflate (become deflated or flaccid, as by losing air)

abate; die away; let up; slack; slack off (become less in amount or intensity)

break (diminish or discontinue abruptly)

shrink; shrivel (decrease in size, range, or extent)

taper (diminish gradually)

drop off (fall or diminish)

fly; vanish; vaporize (decrease rapidly and disappear)

break (fall sharply)

ease off; ease up; flag; slacken off (become less intense)

weaken (become weaker)

boil down; concentrate; decoct; reduce (be cooked until very little liquid is left)

contract; shrink (become smaller or draw together)

shrink; shrivel; shrivel up; wither (wither, as with a loss of moisture)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 8fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Die, as in battle or in a hunt

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

Many soldiers fell at Verdun / Several deer have fallen to the same gun / The shooting victim fell dead

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

buy the farm; cash in one's chips; choke; conk; croak; decease; die; drop dead; exit; expire; give-up the ghost; go; kick the bucket; pass; pass away; perish; pop off; snuff it (pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 9fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

shine; strike; fall

Context examples:

Light fell on her face / The sun shone on the fields / The light struck the golden necklace / A strange sound struck my ears

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

come about; fall out; go on; hap; happen; occur; pass; pass off; take place (come to pass)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 10fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be captured

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

The cities fell to the enemy

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

yield (cease opposition; stop fighting)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 11fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occur at a specified time or place

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

Christmas falls on a Monday this year / The accent falls on the first syllable

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

come about; fall out; go on; hap; happen; occur; pass; pass off; take place (come to pass)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 12fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Yield to temptation or sin

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

Adam and Eve fell

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

fall (lose one's chastity)

sin; transgress; trespass (commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 13fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose office or power

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context examples:

The government fell overnight / The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

leave office; quit; resign; step down (give up or retire from a position)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 14fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To be given by assignment or distribution

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context examples:

The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team / The onus fell on us / The pressure to succeed fell on the youngest student

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 15fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move in a specified direction

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The line of men fall forward

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 16fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be due

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

payments fall on the 1st of the month

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 17fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose one's chastity

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

a fallen woman

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fall"):

fall (yield to temptation or sin)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 18fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To be given by right or inheritance

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

The estate fell to the oldest daughter

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 19fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come into the possession of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

accrue; fall

Context example:

The house accrued to the oldest son

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

change hands; change owners (be transferred to another owner)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 20fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall to somebody by assignment or lot

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

light; fall

Context examples:

The task fell to me / It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

devolve; fall; pass; return (be inherited by)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Sense 21fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be inherited by

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

devolve; return; fall; pass

Context examples:

The estate fell to my sister / The land returned to the family / The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

change hands; change owners (be transferred to another owner)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fall"):

fall; light (fall to somebody by assignment or lot)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 22fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slope downward

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The hills around here fall towards the ocean

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

incline; pitch; slope (be at an angle)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 23fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose an upright position suddenly

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

fall down; fall

Context examples:

The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table / Her hair fell across her forehead

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

change posture (undergo a change in bodily posture)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 24fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Drop oneself to a lower or less erect position

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context examples:

She fell back in her chair / He fell to his knees

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

change posture (undergo a change in bodily posture)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 25fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall or flow in a certain way

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

flow; hang; fall

Context examples:

This dress hangs well / Her long black hair flowed down her back

Sentence frame:

Something ----s Adjective/Noun


Sense 26fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assume a disappointed or sad expression

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off / his crest fell

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 27fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be cast down

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

his eyes fell

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

change (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 28fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come out; issue

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

silly phrases fell from her mouth

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

come forth; come out; egress; emerge; go forth; issue (come out of)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 29fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be born, used chiefly of lambs

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The lambs fell in the afternoon

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

be born (come into existence through birth)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 30fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Begin vigorously

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The prisoners fell to work right away

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

begin; commence; get; get down; set about; set out; start; start out (take the first step or steps in carrying out an action)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 31fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go as if by falling

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Grief fell from our hearts

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

disappear; go away; vanish (get lost, as without warning or explanation)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 32fall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come as if by falling

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

descend; settle; fall

Context examples:

Night fell / Silence fell

Hypernyms (to "fall" is one way to...):

come (come to pass; arrive, as in due course)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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