fall line

fall line
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl lahyn]
    • /fɔl laɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl lahyn]
    • /fɔl laɪn/

Definitions of fall line words

  • noun fall line an imaginary line, marked by waterfalls and rapids, where rivers descend abruptly from an upland to a lowland. 1
  • noun fall line (initial capital letters) Eastern U.S. the imaginary line between the Piedmont and the Atlantic coastal plain. 1
  • noun fall line Skiing. the path of natural descent from one point on a slope to another. 1
  • noun fall line the natural downward course between two points on a slope 0
  • noun fall line the edge of a plateau 0
  • noun fall line a natural junction, running parallel to the E coast of the US, between the hard rocks of the Appalachians and the softer coastal plain, along which rivers form falls and rapids 0

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Origin of fall line

First appearance:

before 1880
One of the 23% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85

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Parts of speech for Fall line


fall line popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 42% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 65% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fall line usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fall line

verb fall line

  • conform — If something conforms to something such as a law or someone's wishes, it is of the required type or quality.
  • fall in — to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support.
  • fall in line — (Idiomatic) To submit to the rules of a higher authority; obey; conform.
  • toe the mark — a mark or stroke long in proportion to its breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool, etc., on a surface: a line down the middle of the page.

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