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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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 Prologue: The Mirror The shiny floors of the Hall of North American Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History, normally echoing with the footfalls of fourteen thousand daily visitors, are quiet. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 Shopkeepers like the new mix, as the residents provide footfall. The Economist, "As shoppers go online, high streets reinvent themselves," 14 June 2018 There are serious concerns over whether Qatar will be able to accommodate the huge footfall from a World Cup, even before the possible addition of 12 extra teams., "European Leagues Set to Oppose FIFA President Over 2022 Qatar World Cup Expansion," 17 Apr. 2018 Supermarkets already have the footfall to minimise such costs. The Economist, "Upstart meal-kit companies may need a new recipe for growth," 12 Apr. 2018 The road wended up toward Sylvan Pass through the Absaroka Mountains, the afternoon light shone through the pines and the firs, and all the world was silent except for my footfalls. Christopher Ketcham, The New Republic, "The Future Is the Car-Free National Park," 10 Apr. 2018 On uneven surfaces where footfalls vary, however, that might not be the case. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "First Impressions of the Fitbit Versa," 26 Mar. 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) \

Kids Definition of footfall

: the sound of a footstep

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