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


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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Measuring this falloff will help expose how the giant accelerators work — and favor certain candidates over others. Quanta Magazine, "The Particle That Broke a Cosmic Speed Limit," 14 May 2015 People in the know are concerned more about the Vikings defense than the offense, considering the falloff play of Everson Griffen and Xavier Rhodes. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Joe Mauer happy to see Twins’ surge toward playoffs," 8 June 2019 Anglin has credited his site's anti-women content with bolstering traffic even as other hate sites have seen a falloff. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 The falloff in factory production and consumption is taking a toll on how much China buys from companies elsewhere in Asia, the U.S. and Europe. William Boston, WSJ, "China Slowdown Hits Growth Around the Globe," 31 Jan. 2019 Apple appeared to be a safety play during that falloff, which erased roughly $5.5 trillion in global stock-market value. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Apple Stock Flirts With Bear-Market Territory," 19 Nov. 2018 Indeed, the falloff explains how Democrats lost control of Congress two years into his presidency, in 2010, and never won it back. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Democrats’ To-Do List: Translate Anger Into Actual Votes," 17 Sep. 2018 The company, the world’s largest contract chip manufacturer and a key iPhone supplier, said its fourth-quarter revenue rose 2% to $9.4 billion but forecast a sharp falloff to between $7.3 billion and $7.4 billion in revenue for the current quarter. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Apple Supplier Issues Profit Warning, Blames Weak Chinese Demand," 17 Jan. 2019 Production briefly reached 30 aircraft on an annual basis, but was destined for a sharp falloff. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airbus to Retire the A380, the Superjumbo That Never Quite Took Off," 14 Feb. 2019

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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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