[ slip-ij ]

  1. an act or instance of slipping.

  2. an amount or extent of slipping.

  1. failure to maintain an expected level, fulfill a goal, meet a deadline, etc.; loss, decline, or delay; a falling off.

  2. Machinery. the amount of work dissipated by slipping of parts, excess play, etc.

Origin of slippage

First recorded in 1840–50; slip1 + -age

Words Nearby slippage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slippage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for slippage


/ (ˈslɪpɪdʒ) /

  1. the act or an instance of slipping

  2. the amount of slipping or the extent to which slipping occurs

    • an instance of not reaching a norm, target, etc

    • the extent of this

  1. the power lost in a mechanical device or system as a result of slipping

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