Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See footstep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sound made by a footstep.
  • n. Foot (pedestrian) traffic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A setting down of the foot; a footstep; the sound of a footstep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A footstep; the tread of the foot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the sound of a step of someone walking

Etymologies

foot + fall (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • a painful and solitary business through "that solitary land of the individual experience, in which no fellow footfall is ever heard", as it says in the first epigraph in The Aunt's

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  • The registered footfall, which is the number of visitors, for last year was more than 583 million, 60 percent of them women.

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  • His footfall was a feathery thing that carried him like a shadow to the door.

    Way of the Lawless

  • Down the gradual slope the scout hastened; his footfall was the only sound that broke the stillness after the answers to his call had ceased.

    Old Indian Days

  • Her footfall is the lightest, her laugh the merriest in the house.

    The American Made

  • The footfall is a light one, but distinct enough for them to tell, that whoever makes it is continuing on towards them, though yet unseen.

    Gaspar the Gaucho A Story of the Gran Chaco

  • footfall, which is a means so steady and in small sections wanders through the mind unnoticed, because it beats constantly, sweeping together the loose tacks of sound

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  • In the Hatton Garden area of London – where nearly 300 businesses sit cheek-by-jowl in a cluster of streets on the edge of the City – "footfall" has noticeably dropped.

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  • No surprises here, commercial decisions based on virtual 'footfall' opportunities with a few token gestures built in to passify the natives.

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  • The game featured a good tie-in with the bricks-and-mortar stores, by creating "footfall" ie visitors to stores.

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  • IrE, often used in a business marketing context; foot traffic (AmE) is analogous, but doesn't have the same connotations, nor does pedestrian traffic (AmE) (which sounds more stilted).

    April 19, 2011


  • Last night your lost memory visited my heart
    as spring visits the wilderness quietly,
    as the breeze echoes the silence of her footfalls
    in the desert,
    as peace slowly, softly descends on one's sickness.

    - Faiz Ahmed Faiz, 'Last Night'.

    August 8, 2009