rockfall

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The anecdotal increase in rockfall in the mountain range comes as warmer temperatures take their toll on glaciers, which long covered the Tetons. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 But the north end, which includes Tower Fall and the bears and wolves of Lamar Valley, could stay closed for months after sections of major roads inside Yellowstone were washed away or buried in rockfall. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 17 June 2022 But the north end, which includes Tower Fall and the bears and wolves of Lamar Valley, could stay closed for months after sections of major roads inside Yellowstone were washed away or buried in rockfall. Matthew Brown And Amy Beth Hanson, Chicago Tribune, 17 June 2022 But the north end, which includes Tower Fall and the bears and wolves of Lamar Valley, could stay closed for months after sections of major roads inside Yellowstone were washed away or buried in rockfall. Matthew Brown And Brian Melley, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2022 Other area climbers witnessed the rockfall and the avalanche, park authorities said in the release. Claudia Dominguez, CNN, 30 May 2022 Jonathan Shafer, a Zion National Park spokesperson, said no one was injured in the rockfall, and no shuttles were damaged. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 Sleep buries me like a rockfall tumbling down the cliff of a highway. Rebecca Grossman-kahn, STAT, 10 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, the Upper Emerald Pools Trail is closed indefinitely because of rockfall, and rangers are warning visitors not to make contact with water in North Creek or drink stream water anywhere in the park because of toxin-producing cyanobacteria. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rockfall. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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