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.
But in heavy snow, when deadfall is buried and wet, a fire can be hard to spark and difficult to maintain.
But what made folks really nuts was when I didn't do this for the eider duck fall, and people complained of various things -- that the pacing was off, that they didn't like the duck, that the deadfall was a trap.
The deadfall was a big one, maybe two feet in diameter.
The deadfall was an obvious place to hide and it would be the first place Fletcher would investigate.
"And I hope you get caught in some kind of deadfall and have to come screaming to the cops."
Another "deadfall" for taking capercailzie in Norway is described by
Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.
Moll Gurney's "deadfall," while respectability took it with sugar at Mr. Jo.
It's often said the toughest part about having a child is the day he's resurrected as a foul-smelling demon because you buried him beyond the "deadfall" in an ancient ground and he murders your buddy, kills and partially eats your wife, and then comes at you with a scalpel before you inject him with a lethal dose of morphine.
Nodding wearily, Logan strode to the woods and gathered deadfall.
Old fires and tornados left patches of deadfall covered with brush, vines, and saplings that had to be crossed or skirted.