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[rok-fawl] /ˈrɒkˌfɔl/
an act or instance of the falling of rock, as in a cave-in or an avalanche.
a mass of rocks that have fallen:
to be trapped under a rockfall.
Origin of rockfall
1920-25; rock1 + fall Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The rockfall buried dozens, perhaps hundreds, of residents alive.
  • Even though some of the rockfall was dynamited away, allowing the river to flow once more, the lake remained.
  • In addition to risking a fall, people who cut trails often kick off rockfall dangerous to those below.
  • rockfall reports from the regions will be incorporated into the database.
  • No injuries and no property damage resulted from the rockfall.
  • rockfall protection formed an important part of the design requirements.
  • The rockfall that filled the fractures is thought to have occurred during the last series of ice ages.
  • Avalanche closures and hazards due to rockfall will be minimized.
  • Bus badly damaged by large boulder at rockfall site.
  • Hazardous burned-out trees, unstable slopes and rockfall, as well as burned out power poles are being evaluated and mitigated.

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