Definitions for fallbackˈfɔlˌbæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an act or instance of falling back.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. something or someone to turn or return to, esp. for help or as an alternative.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (adj.)Also, fall′-back`. of or designating something kept in reserve or as an alternative:

    a fallback plan.

Origin of fallback:

1750–60, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disengagement, fallback, pullout(noun)

    to break off a military action with an enemy


  1. fallback(Noun)

    An act of falling back.

  2. fallback(Noun)

    A backup plan or contingency strategy; an alternative which can be used if something goes wrong with the main plan; a recourse.

    As a fallback, I suppose we can use typewriters if the word processing system fails.

  3. fallback(Noun)

    A reduction in bitumen softening point, sometimes called refluxing or overheating in a relatively closed container.

  4. fallback(Adjective)

    That can be resorted to as a fallback.

    a fallback plan

  5. Origin: From the verb fall back.


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