Á-fall

Old Norse Dictionary - á-fall

Meaning of Old Norse word "á-fall" in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

á-fall Old Norse word can mean:

á-fall
n. ‘on-fall,’ esp.
á-fall
1. a nautical term, of a ‘sea’ dashing over a ship, Bs. i. 422, Korm. 180, Nj. 267, Sks. 227, Fs. 113, 153; hence the phrase, liggja undir áföllum, of one in danger at sea.
á-fall
2. a law term, the laying on of a fine or the like; á. sekðar, Grág. i. 138.
á-fall
β. a condemnatory sentence in an Icel. court; ef þeir vilja á. dæma … vér dæmum á. honum, Grág. i. 67, 71, of the formula or summing up and delivering a sentence in court.
á-fall
3. metaph. and theol. = áfelli, a visitation, calamity, 623. 19, Magn. 470, II. E. i. 236.
á-fall
COMPD: áfallsdómr.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅ-ᚠᛅᛚᛚ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

esp.
especially.
n.
neuter.
m.
masculine.
Icel.
Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
l.
line.
metaph.
metaphorical, metaphorically.
theol.
theological, theologically.

Works & Authors cited:

Bs.
Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
Fs.
Forn-sögur. (D. II.)
Korm.
Kormaks Saga. (D. II.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Sks.
Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
Grág.
Grágás. (B. I.)
Magn.
Magnús Saga jarls. (E. II.)
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