rock·​fall ˈräk-ˌfȯl How to pronounce rockfall (audio)
: a mass of falling or fallen rocks

Examples of rockfall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While there are no reported eruptions, officials warned of potentially hazardous levels of volcanic gas in downwind areas and rockfalls enhanced by earthquakes. Jillian Sykes, CNN, 6 Oct. 2023 The largest rockfall of 2022 occurred in November from halfway up Middle Brother, part of the Three Brothers granite formation. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 As a precaution to reduce the risk from potential rockfalls, the National Park Service closed a quarter-mile of the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail at the Ahwahnee hotel. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Yosemite experiences many rockfalls caused by natural processes every year, according to the National Park Service. CBS News, 8 Sep. 2023 This is how heat from a volcano can be used to power an entire town Anyone living within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone -- about a 3.7-mile radius away from the volcano summit -- has been ordered to evacuate due to the dangers of lava flows, rockfalls and other volcanic hazards. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 14 June 2023 Rising temperatures and melting glaciers have not only revealed more bodies, but also made the journey for other climbers even more dangerous, as melting permafrost increases the risk of landslides and rockfall. Kelly Kasulis Cho, Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2023 The trail was closed because of rockfall and landslides from the winter storms. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2023 The closures are necessary for clearing the remaining rockfall. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 19 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rockfall was in 1901

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“Rockfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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