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footfall Line breaks: foot|fall
Pronunciation: /ˈfʊtfɔːl/

Definition of footfall in English:


1The sound of a footstep or footsteps: you will recognize his footfall on the stairs
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  • The endless sound echoed like thunderous footfalls, beating a tattoo on the inside of her skull.
  • Kinamori awoke to the sound of heavy footfalls, the clink of chains following each step.
  • He would have continued but loud footfalls sounded on the carpet near us and I saw Miss Penny the librarian approaching our table.
2 [mass noun] The number of people entering a shop or shopping area in a given time: a drive to improve footfall in individual branches [count noun]: there has been a much higher footfall this year than last
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  • It's not as if being in the middle of a residential area will improve footfall.
  • They say footfall is decreasing in shops and that people are looking at other centres, like Lancaster, to do their shopping.
  • The operation will have to be suitable for opening seven days a week in order to encourage footfall into the area.
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