fall line

noun

1
: a line joining the waterfalls on numerous rivers that marks the point where each river descends from the upland to the lowland and the limit of the navigability of each river
2
: the natural downhill course (as for skiing) between two points on a slope

Examples of fall line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our new fall line of serveware is now available at Walmart and pieces start as low as $10. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 Fredericksburg on the Rappahannock’s fall line; Georgetown and Alexandria downstream from the Potomac falls (Great Falls); Philadelphia on the fall line of Schuylkill; and Wilmington, Del., on the fall line of Brandywine. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Craig also worked with Rumpl through the Artist Division program to create two pieces for the fall line—one called Woven Daydream and the other called Keep Me Warm. Amelia Arvesen, Outside Online, 13 Oct. 2020 Chief operating officer Tom Cusick added that Columbia’s spring 2020 production is largely completed, but orders are in process for the fall line, which is where most of the coronavirus’s threat to the company’s business lies. Matt Whittaker, Outside Online, 14 Feb. 2020 For the first drill, called a garland drill, choose a gentle groomed run and ski perpendicular across the fall line, from one side of the run to the other. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 22 Feb. 2022 The story addresses the process of getting a TV show on a network schedule as one studio attempts to place two sitcoms on the new fall line-up. Randall G. Mielke, chicagotribune.com, 9 Mar. 2022 The key is to slide directly down the fall line while pivoting your skis from one side to the other. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 22 Feb. 2022 The Ocmulgee River runs along the fall line, which separates Georgia’s uplands from its vast coastal plain. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fall line was in 1882

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“Fall line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fall%20line. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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