Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A trap for large animals in which a heavy weight is arranged to fall on and kill or disable the prey.
  • n. A mass of fallen timber and tangled brush.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of trap for large animals, consisting of a heavy board or log that falls on to the prey.
  • n. deadwood
  • n. A cheap, rough saloon or bar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trap in which a weight is arranged to fall upon and crush the prey, used for large game.
  • n. A smaller trap for rats, etc., in which the fall is a loaded board.
  • n. A tangled mass of fallen trees and underbrush.
  • n. A low drinking- or gaming-place.

Etymologies

From dead + fall. (Wiktionary)

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