fallback

noun
fall·​back | \ ˈfȯl-ˌbak How to pronounce fallback (audio) \

Definition of fallback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something on which one can fall back : reserve often used attributively a fallback careera fallback position
2 : a falling back : retreat
3 : something that falls back the fallback from an explosion

fall back

verb
fell back; fallen back; falling back; falls back

Definition of fall back (Entry 2 of 2)

fall back on or fall back upon
: to have recourse to had to fall back on their reserves

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fallback

Synonyms: Verb

back away, drop back, pull out, recede, retire, retreat, withdraw

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fallback in a Sentence

Verb

resistance from native forces was greater than expected, and the invading army was forced to fall back

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bright-orange electroluminescent paint strips on the sides of the ESF concept are its ultimate post-crash communication fallback, should either the adorable robot triangle or the rooftop triangle be out of commission and car-to-X links severed. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "If You Crash a Mercedes-Benz in the Future, It Could Deploy a Robot to Warn Other Drivers," 21 May 2019 Perhaps more importantly, Titan Ridge also supports a USB-C fallback mode, which should allow the controller to work with more hardware. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Core X Chroma eGPU cabinet features RGB and Intel's latest Thunderbolt 3 controller," 16 Apr. 2019 Read next: How Irish Border Threatens to Erupt Back Into Brexit Talks The current focus is how to clarify that the fallback option of rule alignment north and south of the border is just that -- a fallback. Dara Doyle, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. to Face EU Resistance to Key Brexit Border Pledge," 22 Feb. 2018 In both of the midterms during his time—in 2010 and 2014—the decline in Democratic turnout was about 40% from the prior presidential election, compared with fallbacks of 14% and 32% for Republicans in the same years. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Democrats’ To-Do List: Translate Anger Into Actual Votes," 17 Sep. 2018 In a year when people of color dominated critics' hearts and the box office, Hollywood gatekeepers continue to shun award-worthy performances in favor of old (read: white) fallbacks. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Screen Actors Guild Nominated Just One Woman of Color for an Individual Acting Award," 12 Dec. 2018 That fallback has already enraged both the DUP and Brexit hard-liners in Mrs. May’s own party. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Now the Hard Part: Getting the Brexit Deal Through Parliament," 19 Nov. 2018 The seizure meant that the primary and secondary means to deliver stages 2 and 3 had been dismantled, leaving only a third fallback, which relied on attackers sending special packets to each infected device. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices," 25 May 2018 The European Union has bolstered its own security cooperation, creating an embryonic fallback if NATO fails, for instance. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Ahead of NATO summit, allies wonder: Will NATO survive Trump?," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of fallback

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fallback was in 1607

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