- 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
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Examples from the Web for subsidence
They saw that it had reached its highest, but its subsidence had not yet commenced.The Giraffe Hunters
The duration of the Cretaceous subsidence must have been very great.The Story of the Earth and Man
J. W. Dawson
And now to wait as patiently as may be the subsidence of the waters.The Diary of a Hunter from the Punjab to the Karakorum Mountains
Augustus Henry Irby
When subsidence slackened or ceased the land gained on the sea.
On the whole the Carboniferous seems to have been a time of subsidence in the West.
- 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
- 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
C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle
Word Origin and History for subsidence
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Sinking or settling in a bone, as of a prosthetic component of a total joint implant.
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