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  1. an act or instance of slipping.
  2. an amount or extent of slipping.
  3. failure to maintain an expected level, fulfill a goal, meet a deadline, etc.; loss, decline, or delay; a falling off.
  4. Machinery. the amount of work dissipated by slipping of parts, excess play, etc.
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Origin of slippage

First recorded in 1840–50; slip1 + -age
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British Dictionary definitions for slippage


  1. the act or an instance of slipping
  2. the amount of slipping or the extent to which slipping occurs
    1. an instance of not reaching a norm, target, etc
    2. the extent of this
  3. the power lost in a mechanical device or system as a result of slipping
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Word Origin and History for slippage


1850, "act of slipping," from slip (v.) + -age.

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