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sinkage

[sing-kij]
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noun
  1. the act, process, amount, or degree of sinking.
  2. a surface sunk for decorative effect.
  3. Printing.
    1. the lowering of the first line of body text on a page from its usual position, as at the beginning of a chapter.
    2. the amount of such lowering.

Origin of sinkage

First recorded in 1880–85; sink + -age
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Examples from the Web for sinkage

Historical Examples

  • It was over, and all that could be noted was a sinkage in the ground where the ancient pit had been.

    Queen Sheba's Ring

    H. Rider Haggard

  • A writer whose reminiscences have been recently published describes briefly the aspect of the place after the sinkage.


British Dictionary definitions for sinkage

sinkage

noun
  1. rare the act of sinking or degree to which something sinks or has sunk
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