- a footstep.
- the sound of footsteps: She heard a footfall on the stairs.
Origin of footfall
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Examples from the Web for footfall
His footfall was a feathery thing that carried him like a shadow to the door.
Or else, in some barroom, a footfall from behind and a bullet through the back.
The carpet was soft and rich; it gave back no sound of footfall.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
There had been no knock, but he had just recognised the footfall coming up the stairs.His Masterpiece
In the utter silence there was no suspicion of the pat of a footfall.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the sound of a footstep
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Word Origin and History for footfall
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