rockfall

noun
rock·​fall | \ ˈräk-ˌfȯl How to pronounce rockfall (audio) \

Definition of rockfall

: a mass of falling or fallen rocks

Examples of rockfall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the last two years, the department has been forced to close that stretch of road multiple times due to heavy rains, rockfall and mudslides, including an incident in August 2019 that left 300 people and 17 buses stranded for hours. Time, 7 Sep. 2021 Workers with the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and a contractor are performing stabilization work to mitigate potential rockfall sites along the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood. Bill Roth, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2021 Now, crews with the Pacific Crest Trail Association will once again have their work cut out for them, tasked with clearing more landslides, rockfall and downed trees on the trail. oregonlive, 14 Jan. 2021 The site of the rockfall was Killingback's favorite field trip as an undergraduate student. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, 7 Oct. 2020 At least eight additional people were injured in the rockfall, and were transported to local hospitals by helicopter, Reuters reported. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 10 July 2020 Two women, a 50-year-old hiker from Hungary and a 21-year-old from the nearby Austrian city of Graz, were killed in the rockfall at Bärenschützklamm, Reuters reported. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 10 July 2020 Bunker went missing in the area above where six climbers died in 2014 at Liberty Ridge, which is known for its steep cliffs, frequent avalanches and active rockfall, authorities said. Fox News, 28 June 2020 To mitigate the rockfall, Inzeo explained that officials on Friday were, essentially, placing airbags into sections of the rocks and inflating them to push portions of loose rock off the cliffs. James Burky, The Denver Post, 30 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rockfall

1901, in the meaning defined above

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17 Sep 2021

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“Rockfall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rockfall. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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