Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A footstep; the tread of the foot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable The sound made by a footstep.
  • noun chiefly UK, uncountable Foot (pedestrian) traffic.

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

  • noun the sound of a step of someone walking

Etymologies

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foot + fall

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

    Patrick White - Existential Explorer

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

    Stacie Krajchir: How Ikea Manipulated Me To Go Blue So They Can Be Green

  • 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

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

    The Making of an American

  • 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 Making of an American

  • 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

    Archive 2006-05-01

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  • 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

  • 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