Definition of subsidence in English:

subsidence

Syllabification: sub·sid·ence
Pronunciation: /səbˈsīdns, ˈsəbsidns
 
 
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noun

  • The gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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