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/ fR:l; fRl/ v (pt fell / fel; fZl/, pp fallen / 5fR:lEn; `fRlEn/) 1 [I, Ipr, Ip] come or go down from force of weight, loss of balance, etc; descend or drop ; ; ; : The rain was falling steadily. . * The leaves fall in autumn. . * He slipped and fell ten feet. . * That parcel contains glass don't let it fall. --. * The book fell off the table onto the floor. . * He fell into the river. . * I need a new bicycle lamp my old one fell off and broke. --. 2 [I, Ipr] ~ (on/upon sb/sth) come as if by dropping suddenly; descend ; : A sudden silence fell. . * Darkness falls quickly in the tropics. . * Fear fell upon them. . 3 [I, Ipr, Ip] ~ (down/over) stop standing, esp suddenly; collapse ; : Many trees fell in the storm. . * He fell on his knees (ie knelt down) and begged for mercy. . * The toddler tried to walk but kept falling down. . * She fell over and broke her leg. . * (fig ) Six wickets fell (ie Six batsmen in cricket were dismissed) before lunch. . 4 [Ipr] hang down ; : Her hair fell over her shoulders in a mass of curls. . * His beard fell to his chest. . 5 [I] decrease in amount, number or intensity ; : Prices fell on the stock market. . * Her spirits fell (ie She became sad) at the bad news. . * Her voice fell as they entered the room. . * The temperature fell sharply in the night. . 6 [I, Ip] ~ (away/off) slope downwards : Beyond the hill, the land falls (away) sharply towards the river. . 7 [I] (a) lose one's position, office or power; be defeated ; : The government fell after the revolution. . (b) die in battle; be shot ; : Half the regiment fell before the enemy onslaught. , . * Six tigers fell to his rifle. . (c) (of a fortress, city, etc) be captured , : Troy finally fell (to the Greeks). . 8 [I] (dated ) sin; do wrong ; : Eve tempted Adam and he fell. , . 9 [Ipr] ~ on/over sth take the direction or position specified ; : Which syllable does the stress of this word fall on? ? * My eye fell on (ie I suddenly saw) a curious object. . * A shadow fell over the room. . 10 [La, Ln, Ipr] ~ (into sth) pass into a specified state; become ; : fall asleep * The horse fell lame. . * He fell silent. . * Has she fallen ill again? ? * When does the rent fall due? ie When must it be paid? ? * She fell an easy prey to his charm. . * He fell into a doze, ie began to doze. . * The house fell into decay. . 11 [I, Ipr] happen or occur; have as a date ; : Easter falls early this year. . * Christmas Day falls on a Monday. . 12 [I, Ipr] be spoken : I guessed what was happening from a few words she let fall, ie from what she said. . * Not a word fell from his lips. . 13 (For idioms containing fall, see entries for ns, adjs, etc fall , fall in love (with sb) => love1; fall flat => flat3.) 14 (phr v) fall about (infml ) laugh uncontrollably : We all fell about (laughing/with laughter) when he did his imitation of the tea-lady. , , .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:28
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fall
/ fR:l; fRl/ n 1 [C] act or instance of falling ; ; ; : I had a fall (from a horse) and broke my arm. . * That was a nasty fall. . 2 ~ (of sth) (a) [C] amount of sth that falls or has fallen : a heavy fall of snow/rain [] * a fall of rock(s) . (b) [C esp sing ] distance through which sb/sth falls or descends ; : a fall of twenty feet * a twenty-foot fall . 3 [C] decrease in value, quantity, intensity, etc : a steep fall in prices * a fall in the numbers attending . 4 [sing] ~ (of sth) (esp political) defeat; collapse ; : the fall of the Roman Empire * The fall of the Government resulted in civil war. . 5 [C] (US) = autumn: in the fall of 1970 1970 * several falls ago * [attrib ] fall fashions . 6 (a) [C] ~ (from sth) loss of innocence or a state of goodness ; : a fall from grace . (b) the Fall [sing] (Bible ) loss of mankind's innocence following the disobedience of Adam and Eve . 7 [C] (usu pl, esp in geographical names , ) large amount of water falling down from a height; waterfall : The falls upstream are full of salmon. . * Niagara Falls . 8 (idm ) pride comes/goes before a fall => pride. ride for a fall => ride2.
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:28
fall
/ fR:l; fRl/ n 1 [C] act or instance of falling ; ; ; : I had a fall (from a horse) and broke my arm. . * That was a nasty fall. . 2 ~ (of sth) (a) [C] amount of sth that falls or has fallen : a heavy fall of snow/rain [] * a fall of rock(s) . (b) [C esp sing ] distance through which sb/sth falls or descends ; : a fall of twenty feet * a twenty-foot fall . 3 [C] decrease in value, quantity, intensity, etc : a steep fall in prices * a fall in the numbers attending . 4 [sing] ~ (of sth) (esp political) defeat; collapse ; : the fall of the Roman Empire * The fall of the Government resulted in civil war. . 5 [C] (US) = autumn: in the fall of 1970 1970 * several falls ago * [attrib ] fall fashions . 6 (a) [C] ~ (from sth) loss of innocence or a state of goodness ; : a fall from grace . (b) the Fall [sing] (Bible ) loss of mankind's innocence following the disobedience of Adam and Eve . 7 [C] (usu pl, esp in geographical names , ) large amount of water falling down from a height; waterfall : The falls upstream are full of salmon. . * Niagara Falls . 8 (idm ) pride comes/goes before a fall => pride. ride for a fall => ride2.
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:28

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