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Definition of "fallback" []

  • Something to which one can resort or retreat. (noun)
  • A retreat. (noun)
  • Computer Science A mechanism for carrying forth programmed instructions despite malfunction or failure of the primary device. (noun)
  • Something that falls back: the fallback of a huge explosion. (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or constituting a resort or place of retreat: a fallback proposal; a fallback position behind our own lines. (adjective)
  • An alternative (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Alternative (modifier)

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Use "fallback" in a sentence
  • ""So, the fallback is to use old studies, done on dissimilar programs (human space flight and Earth/space science missions present very different challenges)""
  • "So, the fallback is to use old studies, done on dissimilar programs (human space flight and Earth/space science missions present very different challenges) and in management environments (NASA-OMB-Congress) that were quite different than they are currently."
  • "I was raised Catholic, so my fallback is heaven and Jesus, but, yeah, it is SO difficult to explain."