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[foo t-fawl] /ˈfʊtˌfɔl/
a footstep.
the sound of footsteps:
She heard a footfall on the stairs.
Origin of footfall
1600-10; foot + fall Unabridged
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Examples from the web for footfall
  • Every footfall raises tiny puffs of dust and leaves a sharp-edged track.
  • Her footfall is the lightest, her laugh the merriest in the house.
  • No doubt they want to encourage the increased footfall and fanfare that the event brings to their galleries elsewhere in the city.
  • The research also found no conclusive evidence that footfall or transactions were affected by closing the shop door.
  • The pebble measures the impact of each footfall, and the acceleration between your steps to determine your distance.
  • Not a footfall could be heard on the thickly carpeted floor.
  • Each footfall, even your own, sounded ominous in your ears.
  • Vibrations from a touch or footfall can trigger an explosion.
  • It may mean missing the footfall of a predator or failure to adequately compare songs from potential mates.
  • Unused or misfired explosives can become unstable and deadly-vibrations from a touch or footfall can trigger an explosion.
British Dictionary definitions for footfall


the sound of a footstep
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for footfall

c.1600; see foot (n.) + fall (n). Perhaps first in Shakespeare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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