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Fall, subst. 1) the act of dropping from a higher to a lower place: “a f. off a tree,” H6B II, 1, 96. Tit. II, 3, 203. “the f. of every Phrygian stone,” Troil. IV, 5, 223. cf. “the f. of a sparrow,” Hml. V, 2, 231. Used of fruits: Pilgr. 136. Of leaf: R2 III, 4, 49.
2) the act of tumbling from an erect posture: Troil. III, 3, 87. Cor. I, 3, 69. Cymb. I, 2, 39.
3) the act of being thrown down at wrestling: “in despite of a f.” As I, 3, 25. Hence == a round in wrestling: “try a f.” As I, 1, 132. I, 2, 216.
4) the descent of fluids; of a river: Lucr. 650. Wiv. III, 1, 17. Of rain: Lucr. 551. R3 IV, 4, 512. Of blood: “without much f. of blood,” H5 I, 2, 25.
5) the ebb, decrease: “that now they are at f., want treasure,” Tim. II, 2, 214.
6) the stroke of a sword: “that they may crush down with a heavy f. the helmets . . .,” R3 V, 3, 111. “I heard the clink and f. of swords,” Oth. II, 3, 234.
7) a cadence, a sinking of tone: “that strain again: it had a dying f.” Tw. I, 1, 4.
8) destruction, death, overthrow: “to procure my f.” Err. I, 1, 1. “what shall I gain by young Arthur's f.” John III, 4, 141. H6C V, 2, 10. R3 I, 2, 4. Cor. V, 6, 18. Cor. V, 6, 18 Caes. III, 2, 194. Mcb. III, 1, 122. Hml. V, 2, 231. Per. I, 1, 149.
9) downfall, degradation, loss of greatness: All's II, 1, 13. III, 6, 108. R2 II, 4, 15. IV, 318. V, 1, 44 (Qq tale). V, 5, 88. H4A III, 2, 38. H5 III, 5, 68. H6A III, 2, 32. H6B I, 2, 106. III, 1, 52. Troil. III, 3, 78. V, 10, 49. Tim. V, 2, 17. V, 3, 10. Mcb. IV, 3, 69. Ant. III, 13, 155. V, 2, 172. Cymb. IV, 2, 403.
10) defection from virtue, sin: to make a “second f. of cursed man,” R2 III, 4, 76. “thy f. hath left a kind of blot,” H5 II, 2, 138. “like another f. of man,” H5 II, 2, 138 “to stay him from the f. of vanity,” R3 III, 7, 97. “hath sense of its own f.” Tim. V, 1, 151 (M. Edd. fail). “ere we come to f.” Hml. III, 3, 49. Used for fault by Evans: Wiv. I, 1, 262.
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