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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj falling coming down freely under the influence of gravity "the eerie whistle of dropping bombs","falling rain"
    • adj falling becoming lower or less in degree or value "a falling market","falling incomes"
    • adj falling decreasing in amount or degree "falling temperature"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"He started, and let the lancet fall." "He started, and let the lancet fall."
A little girl, held by a woman, reaches a finger towards falling snowflakes A little girl, held by a woman, reaches a finger towards falling snowflakes
Tom falls off the velocipede Tom falls off the velocipede

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The length of brink of the Canadian "Horseshoe" Falls located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is 2600 feet
    • a. & n Falling from Fall v. i.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rain falls at 11kmph (7mph)
    • n falling That which falls or drops; a dropping.
    • n falling That which sinks; a hollow: as, risings and fallings in the ground.
    • n falling In pathology, displacement of a part or organ downward: as, falling of the womb or of the eyelid. See prolapsus, ptosis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour.
    • ns Falling that which falls
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  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “Stumbling is not falling.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Hasty climbers have sudden falls.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    “If we must fall, we should boldly meet the danger.”
  • Hilaire Belloc
    “Loss and possession, Death and life are one. There falls no shadow where There shines no sun.”
  • Edwin Louis Cole
    Edwin Louis Cole
    “You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”


Easy as falling off a log - Something very easy or simple to do is as easy as falling off a log.
Fall at the first fence - If something falls at the first fence, it goes wrong or fails at the first or an early stage.
Fall at the first hurdle - If something falls at the first hurdle, it goes wrong or fails at the first or an early stage.
Fall by the wayside - To fall by the wayside is to give up or fail before completion.
Fall from grace - If a person falls from grace, they lose favor with someone.
Fall off the back of a lorry - (UK) If someone tries to sell you something that has fallen of the back of a lorry, they are trying to sell you stolen goods.
Fall off the turnip truck - (USA) If someone has just fallen off the turnip truck, they are uninformed, naive and gullible. (Often used in the negative)
Fall off the wagon - If someone falls off the wagon, they start drinking after having given up completely for a time.
Fall on our feet - If you fall on your feet, you succeed in doing something where there was a risk of failure.
Fall on stony ground - If an idea or plan falls on stony ground, it is received negatively by people in positions of power or fails to take off.
Fall on your sword - If someone falls on their sword, they resign or accept the consequences of some wrongdoing.
Into each life some rain must fall - This means that bad or unfortunate things will happen to everyone at some time.
Let the chips fall where they may - This means that we shouldn't try to control events, because destiny controls them.
Pride goes before a fall - Excessive pride or confidence can allow people to make mistakes or go wrong.
Ride for a fall - If sxomeone is riding for a fall, they are taking great risks that are likely to end in a disaster.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. feallan; Ger. fallen; prob. conn. with L. fallĕre, to deceive.


In literature:

Does the cup fall off when the petals fall?
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Dr. Fall smiled and entered, and T. B. Smith followed.
"The Secret House" by Edgar Wallace
The falls that Roberts named the Black Eagle Falls are wiped out by the dam.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
Seeing the British captain fall and the men waver, Capt.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Snow falls sometimes early in November, and lays till late in April; but this does not always hold.
"First History of New Brunswick" by Peter Fisher
Her arms fall unnerved, her head bows languidly, and she moves feebly whither she is drawn.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
She, too, had noted subconsciously the fall of the cloth from the dog's jaws.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
He began to worry, not so much about whether he would fall as what he might land in when he reached the bottom.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Men fall, tossing their arms; some leap into the air, some plunge headlong, falling like logs of wood or lumps of lead.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Our troops gave way and commenced falling back.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
If all this must fall about our heads, then let it fall.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
While the officers were falling on the quarter-deck, sailors and Sandwich Islanders were fighting to the death elsewhere.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
With the falling rafters of my father's house fall all my hopes.
"A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3)" by Felix Dahn
It was falling into ruins.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
He must fall, and this time fall low and for ever.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
Under dark clouds it falls for the most part flat and dead, its finest effects lost.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
You are coming to spend the summer and fall on my ranch.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
For fall trapping, many prefer to set traps in the water.
"Science of Trapping" by Elmer Harry Kreps
Put the weight on the other side of tree or make it fall with the animal to one side.
"Deadfalls and Snares" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
However, a fine thing, indeed, is this fall of prices!
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett

In poetry:

"Once I too marched in Flanders,
The very spit of you,
And just a hundred years since,
To fall at Waterloo.
"Comrades" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Now these like men shall live,
And like to princes fall.
They take what Fate will give
At this great festival.
"A People Renewed" by Frank W Harvey
'How piteous were her wrongs,
Her words were falling dew,
All pleasant verse she knew,
But not the Song of songs.'
"Enough" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
I have loved her all my youth,
But now am old, as you see:
Love likes not the falling fruit,
Nor the withered tree.
"As ye came from the Holy Land" by Anonymous British
Oft as the garden-walk we tread,
We should bemoan his fall;
The trespass of our legal head
In ruin plunged us all.
"The Garden" by John Newton
Ah then! if haply to my share
Some slender pittance fall,
If I but gain one single hair,
Nor age usurp them all;—
"Apology To Delia : For Desiring A Lock Of Her Hair" by William Cowper

In news:

Historic Reedy River Falls at Falls Park, downtown Greenville.
Supplied Last Year was "Next Fall," this fall is "Nadia".
Autumn is here — and with the falling leaves comes the annual fall composting classes.
The Tropic Wave 12U softball team won the Fastpitch ASA Fall Classic for the second Fall season in a row.
Gun shots rang out at the twin falls gun club as dozens came out in support of the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Employee Association.
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Twin Falls County Sheriff's Employee's Association Turkey Shoot takes place Sunday, November 4th.
The Twin Falls Police Department is asking for the communities help in identifying a male subject who is believed to be using stolen credit cards at several retail stores in Twin Falls .
Twin Falls Christian Academy 798 Eastland Dr N Twin Falls, ID FMIC call 208-733-1452 Auction will be preceded by a lasagna dinner at 6pm for $8.00.
The tumultuous rise and fall (and rise and fall, and rise) of US swimmer Katie Hoff, a.k.a.
When the pin for fixing the falling ball is released, it represents the ball beginning to fall.
Enlarge The Associated Press Nik Wallenda walks over Niagara Falls on a tightrope in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on Friday, June 15, 2012.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian FALLING: Frederic Church's painting 'Niagara From Goat Island, Winter' shows the falls shrouded in snow.
Yogi Berra suffered a fall Friday night near his home in Montclair, and though the Yankees legend is expected to recover from some bruises, the fall kept Berra from attending Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Twin Falls resident is a $1,000 richer after catching a rainbow trout that had been tagged by Idaho Power.
(IDAHO FALLS) – Allegiant air has announced plans for non-stop flights from Idaho Falls to Oakland, California.

In science:

Since the probability distribution falls like a power, it is most probable that there is only one such contribution.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
Hence Pn equals tn times an exponentially falling factor. A scale in the node order distribution is spontaneously generated.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
IV can also be used when hnit = ∞ and one predicts an exponentially falling Pn at the ”output”.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
From the fraction of the pebbles that fall inside the circle, one can estimate the value of π .
Monte Carlo: Basics
Let us calculate the probability that a number sampled from a Gaussian falls within one sigma interval around the mean.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Thus 68% of the numbers sampled independently and randomly from a Gaussian distribution are expected to fall within one sigma interval around the mean.
Monte Carlo: Basics
We observe that the points fall neatly on parallel lines.
Monte Carlo: Basics
Hence the probability that it falls between F (x) and F (x) + dF (x) is dF (x), which is equal to f (x)dx.
Monte Carlo: Basics
When reducing observational data, such observers are likely to fall back on the 4D relativistic version of Newton’s second law.
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
The proof falls naturally in two parts, both of which require estimates on the characteristic function of Gn .
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
If this is done at each n ∈ ω, the resulting sequence ~r will fall outside of all sets AXα, α ∈ κ.
Duality Chipped
The n−m blocks above the front fall together with acceleration g until the uppermost block hit the front.
Some simple physical facts about the collapse of the Twin Towers
The upper block falls with the same acceleration at a constant distance from the front.
Some simple physical facts about the collapse of the Twin Towers
We shall show that the free quarks from the QGP phase falling at the CS barrier are reflected in the similar fashion as was described by Andreev in .
Quark scattering at QGP/2SC interface
Let us consider in detail the situation when the “red” quark, with energy E and spin pro jection ↑ falls at the plane boundary from the left.
Quark scattering at QGP/2SC interface