fall meaning

[ fɔ:l ] Pronunciation:   "fall" in a sentence
  • Verb: fall (fell,fallen)  fol
    1. Descend in free fall under the influence of gravity
      "The branch fell from the tree"; "The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse" 
    2. Move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way
      "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again"
    Noun: fall  fol
    1. [N. Amer] The season when the leaves fall from the trees
      "in the fall of 1973"
      - autumn 
    2. A sudden drop from an upright position
      - spill, tumble 
    3. A downward slope or bend
      - descent, declivity, decline, declination, declension, downslope 
    4. A lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity
      "a fall from virtue" 
    5. A sudden decline in strength or number or importance
      "the fall of the House of Hapsburg"
      - downfall 
    6. A movement downward
      "the rise and fall of the tides" 
    7. The act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)
      - capitulation, surrender 
    8. The time of day immediately following sunset
      "they finished before the fall of night"
      - twilight, dusk, gloaming, gloam [archaic], nightfall, evenfall, crepuscule, crepuscle 
    9. When a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
      - pin 
    10. A free and rapid descent by the force of gravity
      - drop 
    11. A sudden sharp decrease in some quantity
      "when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall"
      - drop, dip, free fall
    Noun: Fall
    1. The lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve
      "women have been blamed ever since the Fall"

    Derived forms: Falls, falling, fell, falls, fallen

    See also: break, come apart, crumble, dawdle, drop away, drop off, fall apart, fall away, fall back, fall behind, fall flat, fall for, fall in, fall through, faller, flop, founder, lag, lose, prelapsarian, recede, separate, slip, split up

    Type of: be, be born, begin, buy the farm [N. Amer], cash in one's chips, change, change hands, change magnitude, change of location, change owners, change posture, change state, choke, come, come about, come forth, come out, commence, conk, croak, decease, decrease, decrement, descent, die, disappear, drop dead, egress, emerge, event, exit, expire, fail, fall out, get, get down, give-up the ghost, go, go away, go forth, go on, go wrong, gravitation, hap, happen, hour, incline, issue, kick the bucket, leave office, locomote, loss, miscarry, move, occur, pass, pass away, pass off, perish, pitch, pop off, pop one's clogs, quit, resign, season, set about, set out, side, sin, sinning, slip, slope, snuff it, start, start out, step down, take place, time of day, time of year, transgress, travel, trespass, trip, triumph, turn, vanish, victory, weakening, yield

    Antonym: rise

    Part of: eve, even, evening, eventide, wrestling match

    Encyclopedia: Fall Fall, I Will Follow

  • [American slang]
    Fig. to rush eagerly and awkwardly to do something.
      The boys fell all over themselves to open the door for Sarah.
      Larry fell over himself trying to help Sarah on with her coat.

  • [Architecture]

    The slope of a pipe, conduit, or channel usually expressed in inches per foot (or centimeters per meter) or in percent.

  • [Business]
    verb, noun

    verb [no obj] (fell // fallen //)


    to decrease in amount, value or level:

    Orders for new products have continued to fall.

    Their profits fell (by) nearly 30 per cent.

    The company's shares fell sharply on Tuesday.

    a period of falling prices

    Our market share has fallen to its lowest level ever.

    The index could fall below 10 000. See note at INCREASE


    to pass into a particular state; to begin to be sth:

    The company fell into bankruptcy with debts of $12 billion.

    The first interest payment falls due (= must be paid) in January.


    fall foul of sb/sth

    to be guilty of not obeying sb/sth:

    Companies risk heavy penalties if they fall foul of the new accounting rules.

    fall from grace

    to become less popular and successful, especially after doing sth wrong and losing people's trust:

    After the collapse of the Internet bubble, he quickly fell from grace and later left the company.

    fall on your sword

    to take responsibility for sth bad that has happened, especially by leaving your job:

    If the company's profits don't improve this year, the CEO will be forced to fall on his sword.

    fall short of sth

    to fail to reach the standard that you expected or need:

    We're going to fall short of our sales targets for this year.

    ARREARS, PREY noun, STAND verb


    fall apart


    to be in very bad condition so that parts break off:

    The machines are falling apart.


    to have so many problems that it is no longer possible to exist or function:

    The merger plans fell apart last week.

    A board shake-up is not enough to stop things falling apart.


    fall away

    to become gradually fewer or smaller; to disappear:

    The market for their products fell away to almost nothing.

    fall back

    to decrease in value or amount:

    Share prices fell back after brisk early trading.

    fall back on sth (not used in the passive)

    to have sth to use when you are in difficulty or if other things fail:

    Many households have no savings to fall back on.

    The company can fall back on its classic brands.


    fall behind; fall behind sb/sth

    to fail to keep level with sb/sth:

    All too often, companies fall behind technologically.

    The project has fallen behind schedule.

    fall behind with sth

    to not pay or do sth at the right time:

    They had fallen behind with their loan repayments.

    fall off

    to decrease in quantity or level:

    We expect sales to fall off in the new year.


    fall out of sth

    to no longer be part of a particular group or have a particular status:

    The group is in danger of falling out of the FTSE 100.

    Their products have fallen out of favour with consumers.

    fall through

    to not be completed, or not happen:

    The deal fell through when they could not agree on price.


    noun [C]


    a decrease in size, number, rate or level:

    The firm announced a five per-cent-fall in profits.

    a dramatic fall in unemployment

    a big/dramatic/sharp/slight/steep fall (in sth)


    sb's fall from grace

    a situation in which a person or a company becomes less popular and successful, especially after doing sth wrong and losing people's trust:

    The company suffered a dramatic fall from grace and most of its directors were replaced.

    RIDE verb


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  1. i should fall down and die in the woods.
  2. when the boss falls from power, his lackeys disperse.
  3. they often fall out over some trifling matter.
  4. katydids were lamenting fall 's approach.
  5. that " pride comes before a fall " is wisdom.

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