Definitions

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  • adj. falling downward
  • n. An act of falling downward.
  • n. A downfall.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Falling down.

Etymologies

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down +‎ falling

Examples

  • The glowing greenish gauze was in a ferment, bubbling, uprearing, downfalling, and tentatively thrusting huge bodiless hands into the upper ether.

    CHAPTER 18

  • And while it passes, Louis, we are aware of downfalling, we forebode decay.

    The Waves

  • Where it met the surface, a disturbance arose, and a familiar sight climbed back up the beam: the splashing, outward-spraying point of contact between the downfalling jet and a new one spraying upward at the same angle from the same point.

    Alliance

  • Palmists or clairvoyants would prophesy a future for her, simply through looking in her eyes; but whether notoriety is to be won by downfalling or uprising were better left unstated.

    When the Birds Begin to Sing

  • I was tossed through the air like a chip and buried ignominiously under the downfalling breaker.

    Chapter 6

  • And suddenly, out there where a big smoker lifts skyward, rising like a sea-god from out of the welter of spume and churning white, on the giddy, toppling, overhanging and downfalling, precarious crest appears the dark head of a man.

    Chapter 6

  • And suddenly out there where a big smoker lifts skyward, rising like a sea god from out of the welter of spume and churning white, on the giddy, toppling, overhanging and downfalling, precarious crest appears the dark head of a man.

    Riding the South Sea Surf

  • Then she kissed his hands, wetting them with the downfalling of her tears.

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • Here, mountain and house and the old tools of industry were all alike rusty and downfalling.

    The Silverado Squatters

  • He did not feel the sweep and tickle of downfalling hair which, for a moment, enmeshed and covered his face, when Mex knelt at his side and took from his bosom the pocket-book he had told her contained a fortune.

    A Dream of Empire Or, The House of Blennerhassett

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