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 The unprecedented drop is rivaled only by a brief falloff that occurred in February, when winter storms forced the closure of vaccination sites and delayed shipments nationwide. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. sees unprecedented drop in vaccinations over past week," 22 Apr. 2021 But some scientists say that’s exactly what explains the dramatic falloff of infections among not only the vaccinated but also the millions of young people still ineligible for a shot. Washington Post, "With most adults now vaccinated, Israelis are busting loose," 21 Apr. 2021 But the rise shouldn't be quite as sudden as the falloff was last year. Zach Wichter, Star Tribune, "Mortgage rates are rising, but it's nothing to worry about if you want a cheap loan," 3 Apr. 2021 Among Republicans, the falloff is 23 points, and among independents, 31 points. BostonGlobe.com, "Americans give Biden mostly positive marks for first 100 days, Post-ABC poll finds," 25 Apr. 2021 The network saw a steep falloff after the 2020 election. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Greg Gutfeld goes after late night laughs for Fox News," 5 Apr. 2021 Multifamily housing permit activity has been in decline for three straight years, but the 43% falloff in 2020 was astonishing. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: Plunge in Portland building permits signals major slowdown in housing and office development," 7 Feb. 2021 The right hand side of the chart and the latest entries to the table of PUA ICs show a dramatic falloff in those claims since early March. Robert Barone, Forbes, "Incoming Economic Data Look Robust...It’s A Mirage," 11 Apr. 2021 The falloff comes as new, more contagious variants of the coronavirus are sending infection rates soaring in some parts of the country. New York Times, "Plunging Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Supply Dents State Inoculation Efforts," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Falloff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falloff. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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