If a person or structure that is standing somewhere falls, they move from their upright position, so that they are then lying on the ground. The woman gripped the shoulders of her man to stop herself from falling We watched buildings fall on top of people and pets He lost his balance and fell backwards. Fall is also a noun. Mrs Briscoe had a bad fall last week. Fall down means the same as fall. I hit him so hard he fell down Children jumped from upper floors as the building fell down around them. + fallen fall·en A number of roads have been blocked by fallen trees
If someone or something falls, they move quickly downwards onto or towards the ground, by accident or because of a natural force. Her father fell into the sea after a massive heart attack Bombs fell in the town I ought to seal the boxes up. I don't want the books falling out Twenty people were injured by falling masonry. Fall is also a noun. The helmets are designed to withstand impacts equivalent to a fall from a bicycle
If a place falls in a war or election, an enemy army or a different political party takes control of it. Croatian army troops retreated from northern Bosnia and the area fell to the Serbs With the announcement `Paphos has fallen!' a cheer went up from the assembled soldiers. Fall is also a noun. the fall of Rome
pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind; "fall into a trap"; "She fell ill"; "They fell out of favor"; "Fall in love"; "fall asleep"; "fall prey to an imposter"; "fall into a strange way of thinking"; "she fell to pieces after she lost her work"
to fall on your feet: see foot to fall foul of: see foul to fall flat: see flat to fall from grace: see grace to fall into place: see place to fall short: see short to fall into the trap: see trap to fall by the wayside: see wayside
You can use fall to show that someone or something passes into another state. For example, if someone falls ill, they become ill, and if something falls into disrepair, it is then in a state of disrepair. It is almost impossible to visit Florida without falling in love with the state I took Moira to the cinema, where she fell asleep Almost without exception these women fall victim to exploitation
If the responsibility or blame for something falls on someone, they have to take the responsibility or the blame for it. That responsibility falls on the local office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
When rain or snow falls, it comes down from the sky. Winds reached up to 100mph in some places with an inch of rain falling within 15 minutes. Fall is also a noun. One night there was a heavy fall of snow. see also rainfall, snowfall
decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fall to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity; "a fall from virtue" a movement downward; "the rise and fall of the tides" a sudden decline in strength or number or importance; "the fall of the House of Hapsburg" when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve; "women have been blamed ever since the Fall" the season when the leaves fall from the trees; "in the fall of 1973" pass suddenly and passively into a state of body or mind; "fall into a trap"; "She fell ill"; "They fell out of favor"; "Fall in love"; "fall asleep"; "fall prey to an imposter"; "fall into a strange way of thinking"; "she fell to pieces after she lost her work" come as if by falling; "Night fell"; "Silence fell" go as if by falling; "Grief fell from our hearts" occur at a specified time or place; "Christmas falls on a Monday this year"; "The accent falls on the first syllable" begin vigorously; "The prisoners fell to work right away" be born, used chiefly of lambs; "The lambs fell in the afternoon" come out; issue; "silly phrases fell from her mouth" be cast down; "his eyes fell" assume a disappointed or sad expression; "Her face fell when she heard that she would be laid off"; "his crest fell" descend in free fall under the influence of gravity; "The branch fell from the tree"; "The unfortunate hiker fell into a crevasse" drop oneself to a lower or less erect position; "She fell back in her chair"; "He fell to his knees" lose an upright position suddenly; "The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table"; "Her hair fell across her forehead" slope downward; "The hills around here fall towards the ocean" move in a specified direction; "The line of men fall forward" be inherited by; "The estate fell to my sister"; "The land returned to the family"; "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead" fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims" be captured; "The cities fell to the enemy" to be given by assignment or distribution; "The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team"; "The onus fell on us"; "The pressure to succeed fell on the yougest student" to be given by right or inheritance; "The estate fell to the oldest daughter" lose office or power; "The government fell overnight"; "The Qing Dynasty fell with Sun Yat-sen" suffer defeat, failure, or ruin; "We must stand or fall"; "fall by the wayside" yield to temptation or sin; "Adam and Eve fell" lose one's chastity; "a fallen woman" touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly; "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears" die, as in battle or in a hunt; "Many soldiers fell at Verdun"; "Several deer have fallen to the same gun"; "The shooting victim fell dead" be due; "payments fall on the 1st of the month" come under, be classified or included; "fall into a category"; "This comes under a new heading
a sudden sharp decrease in some quantity; "a drop of 57 points on the Dow Jones index"; "there was a drop in pressure in the pulmonary artery"; "a dip in prices"; "when that became known the price of their stock went into free fall"
When a planet is in the sign which is opposite the sign of its exaltation, it is said to be in its fall A planet in its fall is believed to be severely weakened, because the sign's characteristics are inimical to the natural expression of the planetary energy Example: Mars is in its fall in the sign of Cancer See also Detriment, Dignity and Exaltation
If you say that something or someone falls into a particular group or category, you mean that they belong in that group or category. The problems generally fall into two categories Both women fall into the highest-risk group
If a powerful or successful person falls, they suddenly lose their power or position. There's a danger of the government falling because it will lose its majority The moment Mrs Thatcher fell from power has left a lasting imprint on the world's memory. Fall is also a noun. Following the fall of the military dictator in March, the country has had a civilian government rise
If something falls, it decreases in amount, value, or strength. Output will fall by 6% Her weight fell to under seven stones Between July and August, oil product prices fell 0.2 per cent The number of prosecutions has stayed static and the rate of convictions has fallen. a time of falling living standards and emerging mass unemployment. = drop rise Fall is also a noun. There was a sharp fall in the value of the pound
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