- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdɛdfɔːl/
- (General American) enPR: dĕdʹfäl, IPA(key): /ˈdɛdfɑl/
- Hyphenation: dead‧fall
- (uncountable, Canada, US) Coarse woody debris; deadwood.
- (countable, Canada, US, hunting) A kind of trap for large animals, consisting of a heavy board or log that falls on to the prey.
- 1922 November 25, A[rthur] M[urray] Chisholm, “A Thousand a Plate”, in Western Story Magazine, volume XXX, number 4, New York, N.Y.: Street & Smith Corporation, OCLC 11910542, chapter II, page 90, column 2:
- It was a week after the taking of the black fox that Skookum Bill, on a short exploring trip a few miles west of their cabin, came across a deadfall which held a dead marten. He took the marten, and, when he returned, said to Dobbs: "I didn't know you'd built any deadfalls in the timber past the big draw?"
- (countable, US, slang) A cheap, rough bar or saloon.
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, New York, N.Y.: The Penguin Press, →ISBN, page 406; republished London: Vintage Books, 2007, →ISBN:
- They had lived down in horse barns, army “A” tents with the old blood-stains onto them, city hotels with canopy beds, woke up in back rooms of deadfalls where the bars had toothmarks end to end.