Definition of faller in English:



  • 1British A person or thing that falls, in particular a horse that falls during a race.

    ‘the horse was one of three fallers in the Novice Chase’
    • ‘Timbera was a faller in last year's race but jockey Culloty had a good feeling about the nine-year-old before the off.’
    • ‘Admittedly, there were two fallers at the second-last fence that day, both of whom looked likely to take a hand in the finish.’
    • ‘‘I heard nothing but good things about the hurdles, and there were no fallers in the timber races,’ he said.’
    • ‘The gelding was brought down by a faller at the fifth fence.’
    • ‘Eleven of the 39 starters finished with all of the fallers returning safely to the stables.’
    1. 1.1 A company whose shares have lost value on the stock market.
      ‘the firm was a notable faller against the general trend’
      • ‘In London, a host of blue-chip stocks fell back with tech, telecom and banking shares among the main fallers in the City.’
      • ‘A string of high street names also littered the Footsie fallers board.’
      • ‘Media company shares such as Carlton, which was the FTSE's biggest faller with a 37p drop to 178p, fell on concerns over the impact an economic downturn will have on advertising.’
      • ‘he two tech firms were among the biggest fallers, and are now in danger of dropping out of the FTSE 100 when the index is reshuffled next week.’
      • ‘But if you're a relatively competent stockpicker, selecting shares in solid businesses that are cheaply valued, large fallers are likely to be quite rare and outweighed by occasions when the price rebounds.’
  • 2North American A person who fells trees for a living.

    ‘he bought a chainsaw and became a faller’
    • ‘One hand faller is still on staff to handle some of the larger trees in the steeper terrain, but almost all of the work is done with mechanized equipment.’
    • ‘We really stress the quality and log value to our crews, right from the faller in the woods to the loader operator at the sort, and if everyone does their part we get what we need for the mills.’
    • ‘We can hear the saws of the fallers, still cutting above rock cliffs on the steep mountainside.’
    • ‘How well these fallers buck the timber determines the efficiency of the whole operation.’
    • ‘At one time, the company had its own in-house certified logging instructor who would ensure that the training needs of the 10 or more hand fallers were met.’