deadfall

[ ded-fawl ]
/ ˈdɛdˌfɔl /

noun

a trap, especially for large game, in which a weight falls on and crushes the prey.
a mass of brush and fallen trees.

Nearby words

  1. deadbolt,
  2. deadboy,
  3. deaden,
  4. deadening,
  5. deadeye,
  6. deadhead,
  7. deadlight,
  8. deadline,
  9. deadlock,
  10. deadlocked

Origin of deadfall

First recorded in 1605–15; dead + fall

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British Dictionary definitions for deadfall

deadfall

/ (ˈdɛdˌfɔːl) /

noun

a type of trap, used esp for catching large animals, in which a heavy weight falls to crush the preyAlso called: downfall
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