Definitions

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

  • n. A sudden loss of wealth, rank, reputation, or happiness; ruin.
  • n. A cause of sudden ruin.
  • n. A fall of rain or snow, especially a heavy or unexpected one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A precipitous decline in fortune; a rapid deterioration, as in status or wealth.
  • n. The cause of such a fall; a critical blow or error.
  • v. To fall down; deteriorate; decline.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sudden fall; a body of things falling.
  • n. A sudden descent from rank or state, reputation or happiness; destruction; ruin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A falling downward; a fall; descent: as, the downfall of a stream.
  • n. What falls downward; a waterfall.
  • n. A pit; an abyss.
  • n. Descent or fall to a lower position or standing; complete failure or overthrow; ruin: as, the downfall of Napoleon.
  • n. Waning; decay.
  • n. A kind of trap in which a weight or missile falls down when the set is sprung; a deadfall. See the extract.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. failure that results in a loss of position or reputation
  • n. a sudden decline in strength or number or importance
  • n. the falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)

Etymologies

From down- +‎ fall. (Wiktionary)

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