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Fall vs. Rise

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Fallnoun

The act of moving to a lower position under the effect of gravity.

Riseverb

(intransitive) To move, or appear to move, physically upwards relative to the ground.

Fallnoun

A reduction in quantity, pitch, etc.

Riseverb

To move upwards.

‘We watched the balloon rise.’;

Fallnoun

The time of the year when the leaves typically fall from the trees; autumn; the season of the year between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice.

Riseverb

To grow upward; to attain a certain height.

‘This elm tree rises to a height of seventy feet.’;

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Fallnoun

A loss of greatness or status.

‘the fall of Rome’;

Riseverb

To slope upward.

‘The path rises as you approach the foot of the hill.’;

Fallnoun

That which falls or cascades.

Riseverb

(of a celestial body) To appear to move upwards from behind the horizon of a planet as a result of the planet's rotation.

‘The sun was rising in the East.’;

Fallnoun

(sport) A crucial event or circumstance.

Riseverb

To become erect; to assume an upright position.

‘to rise from a chair or from a fall’;

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Fallnoun

The action of a batsman being out.

Riseverb

To leave one's bed; to get up.

Fallnoun

(curling) A defect in the ice which causes stones thrown into an area to drift in a given direction.

Riseverb

(figurative) To be resurrected.

‘he rose from the grave;’; ‘he is risen!’;

Fallnoun

(wrestling) An instance of a wrestler being pinned to the mat.

Riseverb

(figurative) To terminate an official sitting; to adjourn.

‘The committee rose after agreeing to the report.’;

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Fallnoun

A hairpiece for women consisting of long strands of hair on a woven backing, intended primarily to cover hair loss.

Riseverb

(intransitive) To increase in value or standing.

Fallnoun

Blame or punishment for a failure or misdeed.

‘He set up his rival to take the fall.’;

Riseverb

To attain a higher status.

Fallnoun

The part of the rope of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting (usu. plural).

‘Have the goodness to secure the falls of the mizzen halyards.’;

Riseverb

Of a quantity, price, etc., to increase.

Fallnoun

See falls

Riseverb

To become more and more dignified or forcible; to increase in interest or power; said of style, thought, or discourse.

‘to rise in force of expression; to rise in eloquence;’; ‘a story rises in interest.’;

Fallnoun

An old Scots unit of measure equal to six ells.

Riseverb

To ascend on a musical scale; to take a higher pitch.

‘to rise a tone or semitone’;

Fallnoun

A short, flexible piece of leather forming part of a bullwhip, placed between the thong and the cracker.

Riseverb

To begin; to develop.

Fallverb

To move downwards.

Riseverb

To develop.

Fallverb

To move to a lower position under the effect of gravity.

‘Thrown from a cliff, the stone fell 100 feet before hitting the ground.’;

Riseverb

To swell or puff up in the process of fermentation; to become light.

‘Has that dough risen yet?’;

Fallverb

To come down, to drop or descend.

‘The rain fell at dawn.’;

Riseverb

(of a river) To have its source (in a particular place).

Fallverb

To come to the ground deliberately, to prostrate oneself.

‘He fell to the floor and begged for mercy.’;

Riseverb

To become perceptible to the senses, other than sight.

‘a noise rose on the air;’; ‘odour rises from the flower’;

Fallverb

To be brought to the ground.

Riseverb

To become agitated, opposed, or hostile; to go to war; to take up arms; to rebel.

Fallverb

(transitive) To be moved downwards.

Riseverb

To come to mind; to be suggested; to occur.

Fallverb

(obsolete) To let fall; to drop.

Riseverb

(transitive) To go up; to ascend; to climb.

‘to rise a hill’;

Fallverb

(obsolete) To sink; to depress.

‘to fall the voice’;

Riseverb

(transitive) To cause to go up or ascend.

‘to rise a fish, or cause it to come to the surface of the water’; ‘to rise a ship, or bring it above the horizon by approaching it’;

Fallverb

To fell; to cut down.

‘to fall a tree’;

Riseverb

(obsolete) To retire; to give up a siege.

Fallverb

(intransitive) To happen, to change negatively.

Riseverb

To come; to offer itself.

Fallverb

(copulative) To become.

‘She has fallen ill.’; ‘The children fell asleep in the back of the car.’; ‘When did you first fall in love?’;

Riseverb

To be lifted, or capable of being lifted, from the imposing stone without dropping any of the type; said of a form.

Fallverb

To occur (on a certain day of the week, date, or similar); said of an instance of a recurring event such as a holiday or date.

‘Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday.’; ‘Last year, Commencement fell on June 3.’;

Risenoun

The process of or an action or instance of moving upwards or becoming greater.

‘The rise of the tide.’; ‘There was a rise of nearly two degrees since yesterday.’; ‘Exercise is usually accompanied by a temporary rise in blood pressure.’;

Fallverb

(intransitive) To collapse; to be overthrown or defeated.

‘Rome fell to the Goths in 410 AD.’;

Risenoun

The process of or an action or instance of coming to prominence.

‘The rise of the working class.’; ‘The rise of the printing press.’; ‘The rise of the feminists.’;

Fallverb

To die, especially in battle or by disease.

‘This is a monument to all those who fell in the First World War.’;

Risenoun

An increase (in a quantity, price, etc).

Fallverb

(intransitive) To become lower (in quantity, pitch, etc.).

‘The candidate's poll ratings fell abruptly after the banking scandal.’;

Risenoun

The amount of material extending from waist to crotch in a pair of trousers or shorts.

‘The rise of his pants was so low that his tailbone was exposed.’;

Fallverb

(followed by a determining word or phrase) To become; to be affected by or befallen with a calamity; to change into the state described by words following; to become prostrated literally or figuratively Usage notes]] below.

‘Our senator fell into disrepute because of the banking scandal.’;

Risenoun

An increase in someone's pay rate; a raise (US).

‘The governor just gave me a rise of two pound six.’;

Fallverb

(transitive) To be allotted to; to arrive through chance, fate, or inheritance.

‘And so it falls to me to make this important decision.’; ‘The estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.’;

Risenoun

(Sussex) A small hill; used chiefly in place names.

Fallverb

To diminish; to lessen or lower.

Risenoun

An area of terrain that tends upward away from the viewer, such that it conceals the region behind it; a slope.

Fallverb

To bring forth.

‘to fall lambs’;

Risenoun

(informal) An angry reaction.

‘I knew that would get a rise out of him.’;

Fallverb

To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; said of the young of certain animals.

Riseverb

To move from a lower position to a higher; to ascend; to mount up. Specifically: - (a) To go upward by walking, climbing, flying, or any other voluntary motion; as, a bird rises in the air; a fish rises to the bait.

Fallverb

(intransitive) To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin.

Riseverb

To ascend or float in a fluid, as gases or vapors in air, cork in water, and the like.

Fallverb

(intransitive) To become ensnared or entrapped; to be worse off than before.

‘to fall into error;’; ‘to fall into difficulties’;

Riseverb

To have the aspect or the effect of rising.

Fallverb

(intransitive) To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; said of the face.

Riseverb

To move upward under the influence of a projecting force; as, a bullet rises in the air.

Fallverb

(intransitive) To happen; to come to pass; to chance or light (upon).

Riseverb

To appear above the horizont, as the sun, moon, stars, and the like.

Fallverb

(intransitive) To begin with haste, ardour, or vehemence; to rush or hurry.

‘After arguing, they fell to blows.’;

Riseverb

To increase in size, force, or value; to proceed toward a climax.

Fallverb

(intransitive) To be dropped or uttered carelessly.

‘An unguarded expression fell from his lips.’;

Riseverb

To grow upward; to attain a certain height; as, this elm rises to the height of seventy feet.

Fallverb

To Descend, either suddenly or gradually; particularly, to descend by the force of gravity; to drop; to sink; as, the apple falls; the tide falls; the mercury falls in the barometer.

‘I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.’;

Riseverb

To become apparent; to emerge into sight; to come forth; to appear; as, an eruption rises on the skin; the land rises to view to one sailing toward the shore.

Fallverb

To cease to be erect; to take suddenly a recumbent posture; to become prostrate; to drop; as, a child totters and falls; a tree falls; a worshiper falls on his knees.

‘I fell at his feet to worship him.’;

Riseverb

To increase in power or fury; - said of wind or a storm, and hence, of passion.

Fallverb

To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; - with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the Mediterranean.

Riseverb

In various figurative senses.

Fallverb

To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle.

‘A thousand shall fall at thy side.’; ‘He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting, fell.’;

Riseverb

To reach a higher level by increase of quantity or bulk; to swell; as, a river rises in its bed; the mercury rises in the thermometer.

Fallverb

To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the wind falls.

Riseverb

To become perceptible to other senses than sight; as, a noise rose on the air; odor rises from the flower.

Fallverb

To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; - said of the young of certain animals.

Riseverb

To become of higher value; to increase in price.

‘Bullion is risen to six shillings . . . the ounce.’;

Fallverb

To decline in power, glory, wealth, or importance; to become insignificant; to lose rank or position; to decline in weight, value, price etc.; to become less; as, the price falls; stocks fell two points.

‘I am a poor fallen man, unworthy nowTo be thy lord and master.’; ‘The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and vanished.’;

Riseverb

To become excited, opposed, or hostile; to go to war; to take up arms; to rebel.

‘At our heels all hell should riseWith blackest insurrection.’; ‘No more shall nation against nation rise.’;

Fallverb

To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed.

‘Heaven and earth will witness,If Rome must fall, that we are innocent.’;

Riseverb

To ascend from the grave; to come to life.

‘But now is Christ risen from the dead.’;

Fallverb

To descend in character or reputation; to become degraded; to sink into vice, error, or sin; to depart from the faith; to apostatize; to sin.

‘Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.’;

Riseverb

To become erect; to assume an upright position; as, to rise from a chair or from a fall.

Fallverb

To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; as, to fall into error; to fall into difficulties.

Riseverb

To have a beginning; to proceed; to originate; as, rivers rise in lakes or springs.

‘A scepter shall rise out of Israel.’; ‘Honor and shame from no condition rise.’;

Fallverb

To assume a look of shame or disappointment; to become or appear dejected; - said of the countenance.

‘Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.’; ‘I have observed of late thy looks are fallen.’;

Riseverb

To become larger; to swell; - said of a boil, tumor, and the like.

Fallverb

To sink; to languish; to become feeble or faint; as, our spirits rise and fall with our fortunes.

Riseverb

To attain to a better social position; to be promoted; to excel; to succeed.

‘Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.’;

Fallverb

To pass somewhat suddenly, and passively, into a new state of body or mind; to become; as, to fall asleep; to fall into a passion; to fall in love; to fall into temptation.

Riseverb

To terminate an official sitting; to adjourn; as, the committee rose after agreeing to the report.

‘It was near nine . . . before the House rose.’;

Fallverb

To happen; to to come to pass; to light; to befall; to issue; to terminate.

‘The Romans fell on this model by chance.’; ‘Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall.’; ‘They do not make laws, they fall into customs.’;

Riseverb

To leave one's bed; to arise; as, to rise early.

‘He that would thrive, must rise by five.’;

Fallverb

To come; to occur; to arrive.

‘The vernal equinox, which at the Nicene Council fell on the 21st of March, falls now [1694] about ten days sooner.’;

Riseverb

To increase in intensity; - said of heat.

Fallverb

To begin with haste, ardor, or vehemence; to rush or hurry; as, they fell to blows.

‘They now no longer doubted, but fell to work heart and soul.’;

Riseverb

To become more and more dignified or forcible; to increase in interest or power; - said of style, thought, or discourse; as, to rise in force of expression; to rise in eloquence; a story rises in interest.

Fallverb

To pass or be transferred by chance, lot, distribution, inheritance, or otherwise; as, the estate fell to his brother; the kingdom fell into the hands of his rivals.

Riseverb

To ascend on a musical scale; to take a higher pith; as, to rise a tone or semitone.

Fallverb

To belong or appertain.

‘If to her share some female errors fall,Look on her face, and you'll forget them all.’;

Riseverb

To tower up; to be heaved up; as, the Alps rise far above the sea.

Fallverb

To be dropped or uttered carelessly; as, an unguarded expression fell from his lips; not a murmur fell from him.

‘Those captive tribes . . . fell offFrom God to worship calves.’; ‘A soul exasperated in ills falls outWith everything, its friend, itself.’;

Riseverb

To become louder, or higher in pitch, as the voice.

Fallverb

To let fall; to drop.

‘For every tear he falls, a Trojan bleeds.’;

Riseverb

To come to mind; to be suggested; to occur.

‘A thought rose in me, which often perplexes men of contemplative natures.’;

Fallverb

To sink; to depress; as, to fall the voice.

Riseverb

To be lifted, or to admit of being lifted, from the imposing stone without dropping any of the type; - said of a form.

Fallverb

To diminish; to lessen or lower.

‘Upon lessening interest to four per cent, you fall the price of your native commodities.’;

Riseverb

To slope upward; as, a path, a line, or surface rises in this direction.

Fallverb

To bring forth; as, to fall lambs.

Riseverb

To increase in amount; to enlarge; as, his expenses rose beyond his expectations.

Fallverb

To fell; to cut down; as, to fall a tree.

Riseverb

To come; to offer itself.

‘There chanced to the prince's hand to riseAn ancient book.’;

Fallnoun

The act of falling; a dropping or descending be the force of gravity; descent; as, a fall from a horse, or from the yard of ship.

Riseverb

To retire; to give up a siege.

‘He, rising with small honor from Gunza, . . . was gone.’;

Fallnoun

The act of dropping or tumbling from an erect posture; as, he was walking on ice, and had a fall.

Riseverb

To swell or puff up in the process of fermentation; to become light, as dough, and the like.

Fallnoun

Death; destruction; overthrow; ruin.

‘They thy fall conspire.’; ‘Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.’;

Riseverb

To go up; to ascend; to climb; as, to rise a hill.

Fallnoun

Downfall; degradation; loss of greatness or office; termination of greatness, power, or dominion; ruin; overthrow; as, the fall of the Roman empire.

‘Beholds thee glorious only in thy fall.’;

Riseverb

To cause to rise; as, to rise a fish, or cause it to come to the surface of the water; to rise a ship, or bring it above the horizon by approaching it; to raise.

‘Until we rose the bark we could not pretend to call it a chase.’;

Fallnoun

The surrender of a besieged fortress or town ; as, the fall of Sebastopol.

Risenoun

The act of rising, or the state of being risen.

Fallnoun

Diminution or decrease in price or value; depreciation; as, the fall of prices; the fall of rents.

Risenoun

The distance through which anything rises; as, the rise of the thermometer was ten degrees; the rise of the river was six feet; the rise of an arch or of a step.

Fallnoun

A sinking of tone; cadence; as, the fall of the voice at the close of a sentence.

Risenoun

Land which is somewhat higher than the rest; as, the house stood on a rise of land.

Fallnoun

Declivity; the descent of land or a hill; a slope.

Risenoun

Spring; source; origin; as, the rise of a stream.

‘All wickednes taketh its rise from the heart.’;

Fallnoun

Descent of water; a cascade; a cataract; a rush of water down a precipice or steep; - usually in the plural, sometimes in the singular; as, the falls of Niagara.

Risenoun

Appearance above the horizon; as, the rise of the sun or of a planet.

Fallnoun

The discharge of a river or current of water into the ocean, or into a lake or pond; as, the fall of the Po into the Gulf of Venice.

Risenoun

Increase; advance; augmentation, as of price, value, rank, property, fame, and the like.

‘The rise or fall that may happen in his constant revenue by a Spanish war.’;

Fallnoun

Extent of descent; the distance which anything falls; as, the water of a stream has a fall of five feet.

Risenoun

Increase of sound; a swelling of the voice.

‘The ordinary rises and falls of the voice.’;

Fallnoun

The season when leaves fall from trees; autumn.

‘What crowds of patients the town doctor kills,Or how, last fall, he raised the weekly bills.’;

Risenoun

Elevation or ascent of the voice; upward change of key; as, a rise of a tone or semitone.

Fallnoun

That which falls; a falling; as, a fall of rain; a heavy fall of snow.

Risenoun

The spring of a fish to seize food (as a fly) near the surface of the water.

Fallnoun

The act of felling or cutting down.

Risenoun

a growth in strength or number or importance

Fallnoun

Lapse or declension from innocence or goodness. Specifically: The first apostasy; the act of our first parents in eating the forbidden fruit; also, the apostasy of the rebellious angels.

Risenoun

the act of changing location in an upward direction

Fallnoun

Formerly, a kind of ruff or band for the neck; a falling band; a faule.

Risenoun

an upward slope or grade (as in a road);

‘the car couldn't make it up the rise’;

Fallnoun

That part (as one of the ropes) of a tackle to which the power is applied in hoisting.

Risenoun

a movement upward;

‘they cheered the rise of the hot-air balloon’;

Fallnoun

the season when the leaves fall from the trees;

‘in the fall of 1973’;

Risenoun

the amount a salary is increased;

‘he got a 3% raise’; ‘he got a wage hike’;

Fallnoun

a sudden drop from an upright position;

‘he had a nasty spill on the ice’;

Risenoun

the property possessed by a slope or surface that rises

Fallnoun

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

‘women have been blamed ever since the Fall’;

Risenoun

a wave that lifts the surface of the water or ground

Fallnoun

a downward slope or bend

Risenoun

(theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost;

‘the emanation of the Holy Spirit’; ‘the rising of the Holy Ghost’; ‘the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son’;

Fallnoun

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

‘a fall from virtue’;

Risenoun

an increase in cost;

‘they asked for a 10% rise in rates’;

Fallnoun

a sudden decline in strength or number or importance;

‘the fall of the House of Hapsburg’;

Risenoun

increase in price or value;

‘the news caused a general advance on the stock market’;

Fallnoun

a movement downward;

‘the rise and fall of the tides’;

Riseverb

move upward;

‘The fog lifted’; ‘The smoke arose from the forest fire’; ‘The mist uprose from the meadows’;

Fallnoun

the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions);

‘they were protected until the capitulation of the fort’;

Riseverb

increase in value or to a higher point;

‘prices climbed steeply’; ‘the value of our house rose sharply last year’;

Fallnoun

the time of day immediately following sunset;

‘he loved the twilight’; ‘they finished before the fall of night’;

Riseverb

rise to one's feet;

‘The audience got up and applauded’;

Fallnoun

when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat

Riseverb

rise up;

‘The building rose before them’;

Fallnoun

a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity;

‘it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height’;

Riseverb

come to the surface

Fallnoun

a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity;

‘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’;

Riseverb

become more extreme;

‘The tension heightened’;

Fallverb

descend in free fall under the influence of gravity;

‘The branch fell from the tree’; ‘The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse’;

Riseverb

come into existence; take on form or shape;

‘A new religious movement originated in that country’; ‘a love that sprang up from friendship’; ‘the idea for the book grew out of a short story’; ‘An interesting phenomenon uprose’;

Fallverb

move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way;

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

Riseverb

be promoted, move to a better position

Fallverb

pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind;

‘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’;

Riseverb

go up or advance;

‘Sales were climbing after prices were lowered’;

Fallverb

come under, be classified or included;

‘fall into a category’; ‘This comes under a new heading’;

Riseverb

get up and out of bed;

‘I get up at 7 A.M. every day’; ‘They rose early’; ‘He uprose at night’;

Fallverb

fall from clouds;

‘rain, snow and sleet were falling’; ‘Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum’;

Riseverb

rise in rank or status;

‘Her new novel jumped high on the bestseller list’;

Fallverb

suffer defeat, failure, or ruin;

‘We must stand or fall’; ‘fall by the wayside’;

Riseverb

increase in volume;

‘the dough rose slowly in the warm room’;

Fallverb

decrease in size, extent, or range;

‘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’;

Riseverb

become heartened or elated;

‘Her spirits rose when she heard the good news’;

Fallverb

die, as in battle or in a hunt;

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

Riseverb

exert oneself to meet a challenge;

‘rise to a challenge’; ‘rise to the occasion’;

Fallverb

touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly;

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

Riseverb

take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance

Fallverb

be captured;

‘The cities fell to the enemy’;

Riseverb

come up, of celestial bodies;

‘The sun also rises’; ‘The sun uprising sees the dusk night fled...’; ‘Jupiter ascends’;

Fallverb

occur at a specified time or place;

‘Christmas falls on a Monday this year’; ‘The accent falls on the first syllable’;

Riseverb

return from the dead;

‘Christ is risen!’; ‘The dead are to uprise’;

Fallverb

yield to temptation or sin;

‘Adam and Eve fell’;

Fallverb

lose office or power;

‘The government fell overnight’; ‘The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen’;

Fallverb

to be given by assignment or distribution;

‘The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team’; ‘The onus fell on us’; ‘The pressure to succeed fell on the yougest student’;

Fallverb

move in a specified direction;

‘The line of men fall forward’;

Fallverb

be due;

‘payments fall on the 1st of the month’;

Fallverb

lose one's chastity;

‘a fallen woman’;

Fallverb

to be given by right or inheritance;

‘The estate fell to the oldest daughter’;

Fallverb

come into the possession of;

‘The house accrued to the oldest son’;

Fallverb

fall to somebody by assignment or lot;

‘The task fell to me’; ‘It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims’;

Fallverb

be inherited by;

‘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’;

Fallverb

slope downward;

‘The hills around here fall towards the ocean’;

Fallverb

lose an upright position suddenly;

‘The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table’; ‘Her hair fell across her forehead’;

Fallverb

drop oneself to a lower or less erect position;

‘She fell back in her chair’; ‘He fell to his knees’;

Fallverb

fall or flow in a certain way;

‘This dress hangs well’; ‘Her long black hair flowed down her back’;

Fallverb

assume a disappointed or sad expression;

‘Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off’; ‘his crest fell’;

Fallverb

be cast down;

‘his eyes fell’;

Fallverb

come out; issue;

‘silly phrases fell from her mouth’;

Fallverb

be born, used chiefly of lambs;

‘The lambs fell in the afternoon’;

Fallverb

begin vigorously;

‘The prisoners fell to work right away’;

Fallverb

go as if by falling;

‘Grief fell from our hearts’;

Fallverb

come as if by falling;

‘Night fell’; ‘Silence fell’;

Fallverb

move from a higher to a lower level, typically rapidly and without control

‘my purse fell out of my bag’; ‘bombs could be seen falling from the planes’;

Fallverb

become detached and drop to the ground

‘my sunglasses fell off and broke on the pavement’;

Fallverb

hang down

‘hair that was allowed to fall to the shoulders’;

Fallverb

(of land) slope downwards

‘the land fell away in a steep bank’;

Fallverb

(of a river) flow or discharge itself into

‘this is the stream that falls into Gaping Gill on the moor above’;

Fallverb

(of someone's eyes or glance) be directed downwards

‘Albert's eyes fell, and he blushed’;

Fallverb

(of someone's face) show dismay or disappointment by appearing to droop

‘her face fell as she thought about her life with George’;

Fallverb

(of a person) lose one's balance and collapse

‘I felt so dizzy that I fell over’; ‘he stumbled, tripped, and fell’; ‘she fell down at school today’;

Fallverb

throw oneself to the ground

‘she fell to her knees and began to weep’;

Fallverb

(of a tree or structure) collapse to the ground

‘after the earthquake, part of the city fell down’;

Fallverb

(of computer hardware or software) stop working suddenly; crash

‘the program fell over once when I clicked on the wrong control’;

Fallverb

decrease in number, amount, intensity, or quality

‘we're worried that standards are falling’; ‘imports fell by 12 per cent’;

Fallverb

(of a measuring instrument) show a lower reading

‘the barometer had fallen a further ten points’;

Fallverb

(in sport) play less well

‘when he faded the whole team fell away’;

Fallverb

be captured or defeated

‘their mountain strongholds fell to enemy attack’;

Fallverb

(of a wicket) be taken by the bowling side

‘more wickets fell’;

Fallverb

die in battle

‘an English leader who had fallen at the hands of the Danes’;

Fallverb

(of a government or leader) lose office or be overthrown.

Fallverb

yield to temptation

‘it is their husbands' fault if wives do fall’;

Fallverb

pass into a specified state, situation, or position

‘she fell pregnant’; ‘many of the buildings fell into disrepair’;

Fallverb

occur or take place

‘her birthday fell on May Day’; ‘when night fell we crawled back to our lines’;

Fallverb

begin to do something

‘he fell to musing about how it had happened’;

Fallverb

be drawn accidentally into

‘you must not fall into this common error’;

Fallverb

be classified in the way specified

‘canals fall within the Minister's brief’;

Fallnoun

an act of falling or collapsing

‘his mother had a fall as she alighted from a train’;

Fallnoun

a controlled act of falling, especially as a stunt or in martial arts

‘rolling properly into a fall minimizes hurt’;

Fallnoun

a move which pins the opponent's shoulders on the ground for a count of three.

Fallnoun

a downward difference in height between parts of a surface

‘at the corner of the massif this fall is interrupted by other heights of considerable stature’;

Fallnoun

a thing which falls or has fallen

‘in October came the first fall of snow’; ‘a rock fall’;

Fallnoun

a sudden onset or arrival

‘the fall of darkness’;

Fallnoun

a waterfall or cascade

‘Niagara Falls’; ‘we camped upriver from the falls’;

Fallnoun

a downward turn in a melody

‘that strain again, it had a dying fall’;

Fallnoun

the way in which something falls or hangs

‘the fall of her hair’;

Fallnoun

the parts or petals of a flower which bend downwards, especially the outer perianth segments of an iris.

Fallnoun

a decrease in size, number, rate, or level

‘a big fall in unemployment’;

Fallnoun

a defeat or downfall

‘the fall of the government’;

Fallnoun

a person's moral decline.

Fallnoun

the lapse of humankind into a state of sin, ascribed in traditional Jewish and Christian theology to the disobedience of Adam and Eve as described in Genesis.

Fallnoun

autumn

‘that fall Roosevelt was elected to his first term’;

Fallnoun

a flock of woodcock

‘there is a fall of woodcock in the round wood above the dell’;

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