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.

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Anderson compares the left-to-right footfalls of running to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a trauma reprocessing tool that uses bilateral stimulation to change the way trauma is stored in the body and memory. Kate Mooney, Vox, "What it means when the women of Big Little Lies go running," 26 July 2019 The sentences are short and of consistent length—not unlike the padded footfalls of a rotund cat—and, in their occasional repetitiveness, mimic a feline’s clumsy thinking. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Mog the Cat and the Mysteries of Animal Subjectivity," 20 June 2019 Unsheathed chestnuts and crinkly oak leaves crumble with each footfall. Michael J. Bailey,, "Trekking a golden ridge, bracketed by snow-covered Alps," 18 June 2019 It’s as though these regions were anticipating an upcoming footfall while running or the subsequent swing of an arm. Quanta Magazine, "The Beasts That Keep the Beat," 22 Mar. 2016 There also indications that not all of the declining footfall to RBS branches is organic. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Scotland is on the front line in the fight against “cash deserts”," 31 May 2019 Much like the footfalls of T. rex shook every glass of water in the film Jurassic Park, the asteroid impact would have generated such waves that would have sloshed bodies of water around the world. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These fossils may capture the day the dinosaurs died. Here's what you should know.," 31 Mar. 2019 Clear Channel Outdoor, a public out-of-home media company, has a product that can demonstrate cause and effect from exposure to an advertisement, like if footfalls in stores or visits to websites increased before and after exposure to an ad. Rani Molla, Recode, "Billboards — yes, billboards — are having a heyday in a digital world," 25 Sep. 2018 About 5,000 locals turned out to greet the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who met business owners grumbling that footfall had plunged after the attack. The Economist, "A new Novichok poisoning in Britain," 5 July 2018

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circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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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) \

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: the sound of a footstep

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