SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object), sub·sid·ed, sub·sid·ing. to sink to a low or lower level. to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate: The laughter subsided. to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate: to cause coffee grounds to subside. Origin of subside 1640–50;
to sit, settle; akin to
to be seated; see
sit 1 Related forms sub·sid·ence , [s uhb- sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns] /səbˈsaɪd ns, ˈsʌb sɪ dns/ noun sub·sid·er, noun non·sub·sid·ing, adjective un·sub·sid·ed, adjective un·sub·sid·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for subsidence Historical Examples of subsidence British Dictionary definitions for subsidence noun the act or process of subsiding or the condition of having subsided geology the gradual sinking of landforms to a lower level as a result of earth movements, mining operations, etc verb (intr) to become less loud, excited, violent, etc; abate to sink or fall to a lower level (of the surface of the earth, etc) to cave in; collapse (of sediment, etc) to sink or descend to the bottom; settle Derived Forms subsider, noun Word Origin for subside
C17: from Latin
subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle
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Word Origin and History for subsidence v.
1680s, "to sink to the bottom," from Latin
subsidere "settle, sink, sit down or remain," from sub "down" (see sub-) + sidere "to settle," related to sedere (see sedentary). Meaning "to sink to a lower level, be reduced" is from 1706. Related: Subsided; subsiding.
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subsidence [səb-sīd ′ns, sŭb ′sĭ-dns] n. Sinking or settling in a bone, as of a prosthetic component of a total joint implant.
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