fall·​off | \ ˈfȯl-ˌȯf How to pronounce falloff (audio) \

Definition of falloff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a decline especially in quantity or quality a falloff in exports a falloff of light intensity

fall off

fell off; fallen off; falling off; falls off

Definition of fall off (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

2 of a ship : to deviate to leeward of the point to which the bow was directed

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Examples of falloff in a Sentence


the falloff in sales was more than the store could weather and so its closing was inevitable


the coastline falls off toward the north after you round the bay

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Apple appeared to be a safety play during that falloff, which erased roughly $5.5 trillion in global stock-market value. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Apple Stock Flirts With Bear-Market Territory," 19 Nov. 2018 Indeed, the falloff explains how Democrats lost control of Congress two years into his presidency, in 2010, and never won it back. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Democrats’ To-Do List: Translate Anger Into Actual Votes," 17 Sep. 2018 The company, the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer and a key iPhone supplier, said its fourth-quarter revenue rose 2% to $9.4 billion but forecast a sharp falloff to between $7.3 billion and $7.4 billion in revenue for the current quarter. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Apple Supplier Issues Profit Warning, Blames Weak Chinese Demand," 17 Jan. 2019 Production briefly reached 30 aircraft on an annual basis, but was destined for a sharp falloff. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airbus to Retire the A380, the Superjumbo That Never Quite Took Off," 14 Feb. 2019 The steepest falloff was in sales of new, expensive luxury condominiums, the analysis found, based on comparable sales that were filed with New York City by Dec. 24 of each year. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Manhattan Apartment Sales in 2018 Sink to Low Hit After Financial Crisis," 29 Dec. 2018 This type of falloff has happened each year and is typical in the individual insurance market. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Health Law Faces Its Toughest Stress Test Yet," 1 Nov. 2018 Another factor behind Samsung’s push: a falloff in premium-phone demand this year, especially for the company’s latest flagship device, the Galaxy S9—which surprised some Samsung mobile executives, according to several of the people. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Samsung Plans to Launch Foldable-Screen Phone Early Next Year," 18 July 2018 Analysts say absorption of new units remains strong right now, despite the falloff in permitting. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Apartment Developers Are Slowing Construction. That Could Mean Higher Rents.," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of falloff


1789, in the meaning defined above


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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