fall·​back | \ ˈfȯl-ˌbak How to pronounce fallback (audio) \

Definition of fallback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something on which one can fall back : reserve often used attributively a fallback careera fallback position
2 : a falling back : retreat
3 : something that falls back the fallback from an explosion

fall back

fell back; fallen back; falling back; falls back

Definition of fall back (Entry 2 of 2)

fall back on or fall back upon
: to have recourse to had to fall back on their reserves

Synonyms & Antonyms for fallback

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fallback in a Sentence

Verb resistance from native forces was greater than expected, and the invading army was forced to fall back
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bubble has been used as a fallback location for softball games when weather is poor, Minot Daily News reports. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Microsoft is also working to prevent ZLoader botnets from communicating with any other fallback domains. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 13 Apr. 2022 All Sports Golf Battle was the preferred format, but Dude Perfect had a fallback plan if Augusta National officials rejected that. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Many Americans regard restaurant work as an ever-available fallback plan, but Muslims have faced incidents of discrimination as both workers and diners. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 When lawmakers failed to reach a compromise on legislation to overhaul law enforcement training and practices, the anti-lynching legislation became a fallback of sorts. Jennifer Haberkornstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Messaging apps and online forums have filled some of the gaps, much as telehealth became the fallback in the United States during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, chicagotribune.com, 27 Mar. 2022 Hence the fallback of turning Ukraine into an 800-mile-wide DMZ between west and east. Damon Linker, The Week, 10 Mar. 2022 Your fallback option can always be jumping back into the job market. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fallback


1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1607, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

13 May 2022

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“Fallback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fallback. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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