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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

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

1. An act of falling; an accident of this kind. Freq. in fig. use.(1) 1375 Barb. xi. 391.
I trow thai sall Nocht weill eschew foroutyn fall
c1450-2 Howlat 834.
The tuchet gird to the golk, and gaif him a fall
a1500 Seven S. 1808.
Quhen myrrour, ymage, towre & all Into the fyre tuke sic ane fall
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 264/5.
He deit at Kingorne be a fall of a hors
1513 Doug. ii. Prol. 4.
This dedly tragedy Twiching of Troy the subuersioun and fall
1533 Boece ii. vi. 69 b.
The fall of all thare freyndis in the recent bargane
15.. Lichtoun Dreme 85 (B).
I … gat ane fellon fall [M. faw] And lay betuix ane picher and the wall [M. waw]
1596 Dalr. I. 51/19.
Ouer a stay bank or hich fal of water maid in a damm
(2) c1450-2 Howlat 961.
I may be sampill heir eft, That pryde neuer ȝit left His feir but a fall
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 301.
Dreid God and his grace ay incall For to preserf thi innocence but fall
1513 Doug. i. Prol. 32.
My waverand wyt, … My mynd mysty, thir may nocht mys a fall
1535 Stewart 5810.
Pride left neuir his maister but ane faw
a1570-86 Maitl. F. xxi. 92.
Amend ȝour lyveis ane and all, And be war of ane suddane fall
1646 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 66.
[To] pay suche penalties as he sall be enjoynit … for his severall fallis in fornicatioun

b. Event, outcome. 1596 Dalr. II. 256/27.
The fal of weiris is bot lyke a cast of the dyse

2. A lineal measure of land equal to six ells; the square measure corresponding to this. 1388 Bamff Chart. 22.
The qhylk toftis haldis of lenthe achttene fal lang
14.. Acts I. 387/1.
The rude [sal contene] xl fallis. The fall sall hald vj ellis
1437 Reg. Dunferm. 285.
The qwhilk land … is of quantite tua acris, thre rudis, & fyften fall in the hale
1537 Reg. Great S. 383/2.
Lie Halhill, extenden. ad iij casuras virge, viz. lie fawis
1559 Mun. Univ. Glasg. I. 67.
The land … thay fand be thair metting bot thre akyrs, thre ruyd, ane fa, and ane quartar fa
1582 Soc. Ant. XXVIII. 44.
A hie strete and passage to be maid … of the breid of sex fallis
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Particata.
Ane rod, ane raip, ane lineal fall of measure, are all ane
The superficial fal is the measure baith of the length and the bredth
1635 Glasgow B. Rec. III. 32.
Ane buriall place … , contening the bounds of half ane fall of grund
1678 Corshill Baron Ct. 147.
Three rood bait nyn fall of land tileing [= tilling]

3. Naut. (See Eftirfall.)

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