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

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: Noun Schewel said the return to driving won’t be as swift as the falloff was in March. Tammy Webber And Angeliki Kastanis, USA TODAY, "'We are starting to move around': Drivers are hitting the road more often, data shows," 12 May 2020 With the virus spreading to all 50 states, the falloff in travel is likely to be just the beginning. Steve Matthews, Bloomberg.com, "These Five Warning Signs Highlight Virus’s Rapid Economic Impact," 10 May 2020 DiPaolo said the university also experienced a falloff in enrollment in the years following the shooting, which hampered its growth. cincinnati.com, "Who's to blame: How the Kent State shootings divided a city and changed it forever," 1 May 2020 Many of these clinics, facing a falloff in volunteers, have stopped accepting new patients. azcentral, "For undocumented, virus may bring greater costs, greater medical risks," 16 Apr. 2020 Data on airport screenings shows falloff in air travel. New York Times, "Retailers Under Pressure to Protect Workers," 1 Apr. 2020 Lottery games of all kinds are seeing a falloff in players. azcentral, "With shoppers off the streets, jackpots are down and lottery revenues may be in decline," 29 Apr. 2020 The falloff is completely unavoidable, and not because of anything Disney has done wrong, but the exact opposite: Disney, under its long-time chief executive, Bob Iger, has created an empire of mass attraction. Bill Carter, CNN, "Disney needs credit, and has earned it," 16 Apr. 2020 Despite the resumption of flights, passengers remained wary of flying; stricter security arrangements including confiscation of possibly dangerous implements and a slow ramp-up of air marshal coverage contributed to the falloff in flying. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump can’t reopen U.S. after the virus, but governors can’t either — only you and I," 14 Apr. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Falloff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falloff. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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