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1 the season when the leaves fall from the trees; "in the fall of 1973" [syn: autumn]
2 a sudden drop from an upright position; "he had a nasty spill on the ice" [syn: spill, tumble]
3 the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve; "women have been blamed ever since the Fall"
4 a downward slope or bend [syn: descent, declivity, decline, declination, declension, downslope] [ant: ascent]
5 a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity; "a fall from virtue"
6 a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the fall of the House of Hapsburg" [syn: downfall] [ant: rise]
7 a movement downward; "the rise and fall of the tides" [ant: rise]
8 the act of surrendering (under agreed conditions); "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort" [syn: capitulation, surrender]
9 the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night" [syn: twilight, dusk, gloaming, nightfall, evenfall, crepuscule, crepuscle]
10 when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat [syn: pin]
11 a free and rapid descent by the force of gravity; "it was a miracle that he survived the drop from that height" [syn: drop]
12 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" [syn: drop, dip, free fall]


1 descend in free fall under the influence of gravity; "The branch fell from the tree"; "The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse"
2 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" [syn: descend, go down, come down] [ant: rise, ascend]
3 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"
4 come under, be classified or included; "fall into a category"; "This comes under a new heading" [syn: come]
5 fall from clouds; "rain, snow and sleet were falling"; "Vesuvius precipitated its fiery, destructive rage on Herculaneum" [syn: precipitate, come down]
6 suffer defeat, failure, or ruin; "We must stand or fall"; "fall by the wayside"
7 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" [syn: decrease, diminish, lessen] [ant: increase]
8 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"
9 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" [syn: shine, strike]
10 be captured; "The cities fell to the enemy"
11 occur at a specified time or place; "Christmas falls on a Monday this year"; "The accent falls on the first syllable"
12 yield to temptation or sin; "Adam and Eve fell"
13 lose office or power; "The government fell overnight"; "The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen"
14 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"
15 move in a specified direction; "The line of men fall forward"
16 be due; "payments fall on the 1st of the month"
17 lose one's chastity; "a fallen woman"
18 to be given by right or inheritance; "The estate fell to the oldest daughter"
19 come into the possession of; "The house accrued to the oldest son" [syn: accrue]
20 fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims" [syn: light]
21 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" [syn: return, pass, devolve]
22 slope downward; "The hills around here fall towards the ocean"
23 lose an upright position suddenly; "The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table"; "Her hair fell across her forehead" [syn: fall down]
24 drop oneself to a lower or less erect position; "She fell back in her chair"; "He fell to his knees"
25 fall or flow in a certain way; "This dress hangs well"; "Her long black hair flowed down her back" [syn: hang, flow]
26 assume a disappointed or sad expression; "Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off"; "his crest fell"
27 be cast down; "his eyes fell"
28 come out; issue; "silly phrases fell from her mouth"
29 be born, used chiefly of lambs; "The lambs fell in the afternoon"
30 begin vigorously; "The prisoners fell to work right away"
31 go as if by falling; "Grief fell from our hearts"
32 come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell" [syn: descend, settle] [also: fell, fallen]fallen adj
1 having dropped by the force of gravity; "fallen leaves covered the forest floor"; "sat on a fallen tree trunk"
2 having fallen in or collapsed; "a fallen building"
3 having lost your chastity; "a fallen woman"
4 killed in battle; "to honor fallen soldiers"fallen See fall

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK: /ˈfɔːlən/, /"fO:l@n/


  1. past participle of fall


  1. having dropped by the force of gravity
    fallen raindrops
  2. killed in battle
    to honor fallen soldiers
  3. having lost one's chastity
    a fallen woman
  4. having collapsed
    a fallen building


having dropped by the force of gravity
killed in battle
having lost one's chastity
having collapsed


  1. The Devil
  2. An evil spirit, a fiend
  3. The dead
  4. Casualties of battle or war.


the Devil
an evil spirit, a fiend



Old High German fallan



  1. To fall.
  2. To fall (in battle)
    Er fiel für sein Vaterland - "He died for his country"


  1. definite plural of fall


  1. past participle of falla

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Fallen could refer to:

See also

fallen in Norwegian: Fallen

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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