Definition of subsidence in English:

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subsidence

Pronunciation: /səbˈsʌɪd(ə)ns/
/ˈsʌbsɪd(ə)ns/

noun

[mass noun]
The gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land: the race was abandoned because of subsidence of the track [as modifier]: subsidence damage
More example sentences
  • The early Cretaceous is characterized by relative quiescence and thermal subsidence following late Jurassic rifting.
  • Removal of water from compressible materials such as silt and clay can lead to compaction of the confining unit and subsidence of the land surface.
  • In particular, we relate apparent Neogene subsidence to modification of the Shelf's basement architecture.
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin subsidentia 'sediment', from the verb subsidere (see subside).

Words that rhyme with subsidence

abidance, guidance, misguidance
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