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fall·​off ˈfȯl-ˌȯf How to pronounce falloff (audio)
: a decline especially in quantity or quality
a falloff in exports
a falloff of light intensity

fall off

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fell off; fallen off; falling off; falls off

intransitive verb

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

Examples of falloff in a Sentence

Noun the falloff in sales was more than the store could weather and so its closing was inevitable Verb the coastline falls off toward the north after you round the bay
Recent Examples on the Web
The idea behind the new funding was to help revive an agency whose ranks have been depleted over the years, leading to customer service snarls, processing delays and a falloff in audit rates. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 3 May 2024 The same surveys also show a dramatic falloff in support for the United States and the regimes closely associated with it, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which normalized relations with Israel in 2020. Toby Matthiesen, Foreign Affairs, 9 Feb. 2024
Just fell off the bike and wouldn’t ever be able to get back on? Mirjam Swanson, Orange County Register, 2 June 2024 Satellite tagging offered detailed movement data when the whales were in the Bering Sea, but all tags fell off before the animals left the region, so their travel routes remain a mystery. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 27 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for falloff 

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Word History

First Known Use


1789, in the meaning defined above


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of falloff was in 1613

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“Falloff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falloff. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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