movement down towards the ground or towards a lower position:
the first fall of autumn leaves
The rise and fall of the dancers' bodies create a pattern.
Mrs Evans had a fall (=fell to the ground) and broke her leg.
He stretched out his hands to break his fall (=prevent himself from falling too quickly and hurting himself).
a reduction in the amount, level, price etc of something [≠ rise]
There has been a fall in oil prices.
the sharp fall in the birth rate in European countries
Their industrial output went down again in December, which meant a fall of 2.2% over the year.
the season between summer and winter, when leaves change colour and the weather becomes slightly colder [= autumn]:
season[singular] American EnglishDN
Eleanor plans to go to Southwestern Community College this fall.
The area is beautiful in the fall.
a situation in which someone or something loses their position of power or becomes unsuccessful
loss of power/success[singular]PG
The president lived on for twenty years after his fall from power.
the story of Napoleon's rise and fall (=period of success followed by failure)
Rumours are that the company is heading for a fall (=is likely to fail soon).
a situation in which someone stops being respected by other people or loses their position of authority, especially because they have done something wrong:
He was the head of the intelligence service until his fall from grace.
a situation in which a country, city etc is defeated by an enemy
the fall of Jerusalem in AD70
7 also Falls [plural]DN
a place where a river suddenly goes straight down over a cliff:
The spray from the falls is so dense that you can hardly see.
an act of forcing your opponent onto the ground in wrestling or judo
an amount of snow, rocks etc that falls onto the ground
Fresh falls of snow were forecast.
The road is blocked by a rock fall.
10 also the fallRRC
the occasion in the Bible when God punished Adam and Eve by making them leave the Garden of Eden