dead·​fall | \ ˈded-ˌfȯl How to pronounce deadfall (audio) \

Definition of deadfall

1 : a trap so constructed that a weight (such as a heavy log) falls on an animal and kills or disables it
2 : a tangled mass of fallen trees and branches

Examples of deadfall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid thick deadfall in the high country, every root and bleached cow femur can resemble an antler. The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Over the final mile to the summit, the trail dodges among deadfall and wood chips left from when the trail was cleared of obstacles. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 His warning, the tree-climbing vernacular for plummeting deadfall, fills the forest moments before a branch whooshes passed, inches from my head. Thayer Walker, Scientific American, 29 Dec. 2016 Inside their vehicle, there was no rope strong enough to drag the deadfall. Daniel Glick, Scientific American, 3 Apr. 2017 The two old grouse hunters were sitting on an old beech deadfall, the aroma of applewood pipe smoke drifting through the tangled grouse country. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2020 The waterproof neoprene top offers the flexibility and comfort for miles of walking and stepping over deadfalls, while the rubber foot portion keeps your feet dry and protected from snow, creeks, and any wet conditions. Alex Gyllstrom, Outdoor Life, 13 Mar. 2020 Elena can spot a deer at 100 yards or a soaring redtail heading for a distant deadfall. Jim Gronaw,, 24 Aug. 2019 Because there are no trails, researchers often have to bushwhack for miles in search of nests, wading up knee-deep streams or descending knife-edge slopes spongy with deadfall and slippery with mud. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of deadfall

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deadfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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