- 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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1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.
1. rise. 2. increase.
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Examples from the Web for subsiding
Bill feels a sensation like “subsiding into a pile of bones.”American Dreams, 1953: ‘Junky’ by William S. Burroughs
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Has the subsiding of the 1990s crime wave changed - not only the quantity of gun incidents - but also the character?David's Bookclub: Private Guns, Public Health
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One factor is the subsiding of the crack-cocaine epidemic that hit Washington hard in the late 1980s and early 1990s.A D.C. Fix for Honduran Murders?
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"I wanted only to know where I am," Tolto replied, subsiding meekly.The Martian Cabal
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She and d'Alcacer up there seemed to dominate the tumult which was now subsiding.The Rescue
In the roll of thunder, swelling and subsiding, he whispered in his ear a sarcastic: "Of course!"Victory
These subsiding, she viewed the matter from its business aspect.
Save for subsiding bubbles, and the bogus water, there was nothing there.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for subsiding
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