fall·​off | \ˈfȯl-ˌȯf \

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


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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This year, the result could reflect a falloff in spending after an unusual surge that followed the havoc wrought by late-summer hurricanes. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "U.S. Economy Grew by 2.3% in First Quarter, Easing Slightly," 28 Apr. 2018 The sprawling terminal may have become a bit of a white elephant with the falloff in passenger traffic, but not so the airport as a whole. New York Times, "The Trouble With the Memphis Airport: No Crowds," 23 May 2018 The most immediate fear: A sharp falloff in bond prices would rattle equity markets that are now trading at record highs. Landon Thomas Jr., New York Times, "Investors Spooked at Specter of Central Banks Halting Bond-Buying Spree," 10 Jan. 2018 The falloff was smaller than expected, and the researchers were pleased. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014 Banks have been blaming a variety of factors for the lending falloff, including political uncertainty over things like trade policy. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "Main Street Banks’ New Lending Rivals: Hedge Funds and Private Equity," 19 May 2018 Seager wanted to know more about how the humid/arid divide might have influenced the stark population falloff. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "A Nation Divided: Arid/Humid Climate Boundary in U.S. Creeps Eastward," 27 Apr. 2018 While the system saw seven months of ridership averaging 60,000 rides a month, November saw a falloff from which the streetcar has not bounced back, Cincinnati Assistant City Manager John Juech said in March. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "The curse of the subway: A look at Cincinnati’s troubled century of mass transit," 25 Apr. 2018 But when the aerodynamics started to change drastically, falloff was not as bad with the tires. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 evolves from race of attrition to all out speed," 24 May 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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