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- n. A turbulent section of a body of water, caused by strong currents passing over submerged ridges.
- v. To fall over (something).
- v. To attack (someone).
- v. To fall over.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cataract; a waterfall.
- n. A turbulent surface of water, caused by strong currents setting over submerged ridges; also, a dangerous submerged ridge or shoal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cataract; the fall of a river; a rapid.
- n. Nautical: A dangerous bank or shoal lying near the surface of the sea.
- n. A rippling or race in the sea, where, by the peculiarities of the bottom, the water is propelled with great force, especially when the wind and tide or current set strongly together.
- Overshot, as a water-wheel.
- n. Nautical:
- n. A sudden drop in the sea-bottom, as at the edge of a submarine terrace or ledge.
- n. That portion of a dam or weir over which the water falls or flows, including the crest and the down-stream face of the dam.
- To fall over: as, a fog overfell them.
- To fall upon; to attack.
- To fall; fall over.
From Middle English overfallen, from Old English oferfeallan ("to fall upon, attack"), equivalent to over- + fall. Cognate with Dutch overvallen ("to raid, overtake"), German überfallen ("to assault, attack, raid"), Swedish overfalla ("to attack"). (Wiktionary)