foot·​fall | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌfȯl How to pronounce footfall (audio) \

Definition of footfall

: the sound of a footstep

Examples of footfall in a Sentence

She heard footfalls echoing in the hall.
Recent Examples on the Web The restrictions targeted roads with high footfall and narrow sidewalks to encourage the return of workers and make extra space for both pedestrians and cyclists. Greg Ritchie,, "City of London’s Socially Distanced Streets May Be Here to Stay," 1 Oct. 2020 The online play is perhaps in anticipation of this boom since physical stores are likely to continue seeing less footfall because of Covid-19. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Apple’s online store plan for India is the right move at the right time," 14 Sep. 2020 High street food and coffee chains have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic, after footfall on busy streets dropped immediately and subsequently failed to return to pre-lockdown levels. Rob Picheta, CNN, "The UK government sent millions of workers home during the pandemic. They may never return," 11 Sep. 2020 Even the bass of footfall was dampened, as were the mid-range frequency sounds of the treadmill’s belt and a movie blaring loudly on a TV. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The best noise-canceling headphones of 2020," 21 Aug. 2020 But what might happen to the smaller stores in those malls that depend on spillover footfall from anchor tenants? David Meyer, Fortune, "The Fortune Global 500 is now more Chinese than American," 10 Aug. 2020 With footfall going to zero and business owners ill-equipped to pivot online, many of these generational small businesses simply folded. Anthony Tan, Fortune, "Grab CEO Anthony Tan: What Southeast Asia is teaching us about a post-pandemic world," 13 Aug. 2020 For the last decade, shops on the high street have suffered from rising rents, decreasing footfall, and growing online competition. Frank Trentmann, The New Republic, "The Unequal Future of Consumption," 10 Aug. 2020 Ticket-sellers will see less custom and airport operators, lower footfall. The Economist, "Terminal conditions Air travel’s sudden collapse will reshape a trillion-dollar industry," 1 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of footfall

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of footfall was circa 1616

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“Footfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of footfall

literary : the sound of a footstep


foot·​fall | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌfȯl How to pronounce footfall (audio) \

Kids Definition of footfall

: the sound of a footstep

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