[ sing-kij ]
/ ˈsɪŋ kɪdʒ /


the act, process, amount, or degree of sinking.
a surface sunk for decorative effect.
  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sinkage

  • 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

/ (ˈsɪŋkɪdʒ) /


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