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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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 And yet a falloff in African-American support was an important and overlooked factor in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss to Donald Trump. Wayne Lawrence For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, "For Senate Success, Democrats Must Regain Obama-Era Black Support," 25 Oct. 2018 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

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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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