/ (səbˈsaɪdəns, ˈsʌbsɪdəns) /

  1. the act or process of subsiding or the condition of having subsided

  2. geology the gradual sinking of landforms to a lower level as a result of earth movements, mining operations, etc

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How to use subsidence in a sentence

  • At every swelling of the wave these flowers increased in splendour, and at every subsidence grew dull again.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • Happily, however, the heavy cloud of sadness has lifted, and we feel the subsidence of waves after a storm.

  • Puffs of energy had raised high buildings over there; over there an eccentric subsidence had left behind it a slum.

    The Women of Tomorrow | William Hard
  • And at the subsidence of the tide, I could not for the life of me recall a single idea to which verbal embodiment had been given.

  • Fearing a subsidence of the cliff, they betook themselves to a small schooner lying in the bay.