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Fall, Faw, n.1 Also: fal, fa. [ME. fal, fall (c 1200), f. the verb.]

1. An act of falling; an accident of this kind. Freq. in fig. use. (1) I trow thai sall Nocht weill eschew foroutyn fall; Barb. xi. 391.
The tuchet gird to the golk, and gaif him a fall; Howlat 834.
Quhen myrrour, ymage, towre & all Into the fyre tuke sic ane fall; Seven S. 1808.
He deit at Kingorne be a fall of a hors; Asl. MS. I. 264/5.
This dedly tragedy Twiching of Troy the subuersioun and fall; Doug. ii. Prol. 4.
The fall of all thare freyndis in the recent bargane; Boece ii. vi. 69 b.
I … gat ane fellon fall [M. faw] And lay betuix ane picher and the wall [M. waw]; Lichtoun Dreme 85 (B).
Ouer a stay bank or hich fal of water maid in a damm; Dalr. I. 51/19.
(2) I may be sampill heir eft, That pryde neuer ȝit left His feir but a fall; Howlat 961.
Dreid God and his grace ay incall For to preserf thi innocence but fall; Contempl. Sinn. 301.
My waverand wyt, … My mynd mysty, thir may nocht mys a fall; Doug. i. Prol. 32.
Pride left neuir his maister but ane faw; Stewart 5810.
Amend ȝour lyveis ane and all, And be war of ane suddane fall; Maitl. F. xxi. 92.
[To] pay suche penalties as he sall be enjoynit … for his severall fallis in fornicatioun; 1646 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 66.

b. Event, outcome. The fal of weiris is bot lyke a cast of the dyse; Dalr. II. 256/27.

2. A lineal measure of land equal to six ells; the square measure corresponding to this. The qhylk toftis haldis of lenthe achttene fal lang; 1388 Bamff Chart. 22.
The rude [sal contene] xl fallis. The fall sall hald vj ellis; Acts I. 387/1.
The qwhilk land … is of quantite tua acris, thre rudis, & fyften fall in the hale; 1437 Reg. Dunferm. 285.
Lie Halhill, extenden. ad iij casuras virge, viz. lie fawis; 1537 Reg. Great S. 383/2.
The land … thay fand be thair metting bot thre akyrs, thre ruyd, ane fa, and ane quartar fa; 1559 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 67.
A hie strete and passage to be maid … of the breid of sex fallis; 1582 Soc. Ant. XXVIII. 44.
Ane rod, ane raip, ane lineal fall of measure, are all ane; Skene Verb. S. s.v. Particata.
The superficial fal is the measure baith of the length and the bredth; Ib.
Ane buriall place … , contening the bounds of half ane fall of grund; 1635 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 32.
Three rood bait nyn fall of land tileing [= tilling]; 1678 Corshill Baron Ct. 147.

3. Naut. (See Eftirfall.)

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