(Fa*ler"ni*an) a. Of or pertaining to Mount Falernus, in Italy; as, Falernianwine.
(Falk) n. (Zoöl.) The razorbill. [Written also falc, and faik.] [Prov. Eng.]
(Fall) v. i. [imp. Fell (fel); p. p. Fallen ; p. pr. & vb. n. Falling.] [AS. feallan; akin to D. vallen,
OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr.
sfa`llein to cause to fall, Skr. sphal, sphul, to tremble. Cf. Fail, Fell, v. t., to cause to fall.]
1. 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.Luke x. 18.
2. 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.Rev. xix. 10.
3. To find a final outlet; to discharge its waters; to empty; with into; as, the river Rhone falls into the
4. To become prostrate and dead; to die; especially, to die by violence, as in battle.
A thousand shall fall at thy side.Ps. xci. 7.
He rushed into the field, and, foremost fighting, fell.Byron.
5. To cease to be active or strong; to die away; to lose strength; to subside; to become less intense; as, the
6. To issue forth into life; to be brought forth; said of the young of certain animals. Shak.
7. 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 nowShak.
To be thy lord and master.
The greatness of these Irish lords suddenly fell and vanished.Sir J. Davies.
8. To be overthrown or captured; to be destroyed.
Heaven and earth will witness,Addison.
If Rome must fall, that we are innocent.
9. 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.Heb.
10. To become insnared or embarrassed; to be entrapped; to be worse off than before; as, to fall into
error; to fall into difficulties.
11. 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.Gen. iv. 5.
I have observed of late thy looks are fallen.Addison.