Definition of footfall in English:



  • 1The sound of a footstep or footsteps.

    ‘you will recognize his footfall on the stairs’
    • ‘Kinamori awoke to the sound of heavy footfalls, the clink of chains following each step.’
    • ‘Her footfalls sounded like thunder throughout the house.’
    • ‘At last it came - a soft, irregular sound of footfalls on the stairs!’
    • ‘A mere moment later, the sound of footfalls was heard tromping quickly up the stairs, as in emergency.’
    • ‘The sound of rushing footfalls echoed into the basement as the others came rushing down the stairs, fearful of what the yelling was about.’
    • ‘Blair's ears pricked at the sound of soft footfalls echoing in the distance.’
    • ‘We listened to the sound of our footfalls on pebbles, on leaves, on twigs.’
    • ‘There was a ruffle of noise again, the sound of heavy footfalls coming down the hall.’
    • ‘He would have continued but loud footfalls sounded on the carpet near us and I saw Miss Penny the librarian approaching our table.’
    • ‘There was a sound of footfalls in the hallway and then on the stairs.’
    • ‘‘She,’ was all Thaniel could whisper as the sound of footfalls met their ears.’
    • ‘He laughed softly, but both of our heads snapped up at the sound of heavy footfalls on the stairs.’
    • ‘I stormed down the hallway and the sound of my footfalls on the carpet marked my defeat.’
    • ‘Now the only sounds are the three-fold footfalls.’
    • ‘Andy shut her eyes a moment and then opened them when she heard the soft sound of footfalls climbing the stairs.’
    • ‘As if thinking of him had summoned him, she heard the sound of his footfalls on the steps.’
    • ‘She turned at the sound of footfalls behind her.’
    • ‘Aryan shrieks and runs out of my room, making such noise that her footfalls sound like an army trooping onto the battlefield.’
    • ‘Just as Sahib reached for the handle, Calla heard the sounds of footfalls rushing up the stairs.’
    • ‘The endless sound echoed like thunderous footfalls, beating a tattoo on the inside of her skull.’
    footstep, footfall, tread, tramp
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  • 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’
    • ‘It's served its purpose which is increasing footfall in the area.’
    • ‘Weeklies are a no-brainer for fashion houses looking to drive footfall in stores.’
    • ‘Once opened, it will play a key role in increasing footfall in the area after traditional office hours.’
    • ‘We have no other way of knowing how many people come into town to shop other than these footfall figures.’
    • ‘They say footfall is decreasing in shops and that people are looking at other centres, like Lancaster, to do their shopping.’
    • ‘The mall in Koramangala averages 50,000 footfall on weekends and around 30,000 on weekdays.’
    • ‘Smarting after a succession of high-profile scandals, both have been eyeing up the immigrant sector to boost branch footfall.’
    • ‘The consequent improvements in lighting and increase in footfall will make it a much safer area.’
    • ‘When it comes to the stark lack of footfall, Cooper claims that plans are in place to improve the situation.’
    • ‘It's not as if being in the middle of a residential area will improve footfall.’
    • ‘Memos were flying around checking we were taking every opportunity to maximise the potential of the extra footfall coming into the shop.’
    • ‘The DDDA is hoping that the CHQ scheme will help increase footfall in the IFSC area after traditional office hours.’
    • ‘The latest analysis of footfall on Dublin's prime shopping streets shows that the number of shoppers is slightly down on the same period last year.’
    • ‘‘Although footfall is down on Henry Street, it is at a figure that is comparable with the late 1990s,’ said Parker.’
    • ‘Increasing footfall in this area of O'Connell Street is another major aim of the IAP.’
    • ‘The company is believed to be seeking more units of between 50 and 74 square metres in areas with high footfall.’
    • ‘Sales would improve too with increased footfall.’
    • ‘These will be placed in high footfall areas like airport lounges, shopping malls and large retail chains, and will stock over 600 fast-moving models.’
    • ‘They stepped forward at a measured pace, pausing with each footfall, driving Joshua and Benjamin further back into the closet step by step.’
    • ‘The operation will have to be suitable for opening seven days a week in order to encourage footfall into the area.’