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Definitions for subsidence
səbˈsaɪd ns, ˈsʌb sɪ dnssub·si·dence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. remission, remittal, subsidencenoun

    an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)

    "his cancer is in remission"

  2. settling, subsiding, subsidencenoun

    a gradual sinking to a lower level

  3. cave in, subsidencenoun

    the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it


  1. subsidencenoun

    The process of becoming less active or severe

  2. subsidencenoun

    A sinking of something to a lower level, especially of part of the surface of the Earth due to underground excavation or seismic activity

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Subsidence, Subsidencynoun

    The act of sinking; tendency downward.

    Etymology: from subside.

    This gradual subsidency of the abyss would take up a considerable time. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    This miscellany of bodies being determined to subsidence merely by their different specifick gravities, all those which had the same gravity subsided at the same time. John Woodward.

    By the alternate motion of those air-bladders, whose surfaces are by turns freed from mutual contact, and by a sudden subsidence meet again by the ingress and egress of the air, the liquour is still farther attenuated. Arbuthnot.


  1. Subsidence

    Subsidence is a general term for downward vertical movement of the Earth's surface, which can be caused by both natural processes and human activities. Subsidence involves little or no horizontal movement, which distinguishes it from slope movement.Processes that lead to subsidence include dissolution of underlying carbonate rock by groundwater; gradual compaction of sediments; withdrawal of fluid lava from beneath a solidified crust of rock; mining; pumping of subsurface fluids, such as groundwater or petroleum; or warping of the Earth's crust by tectonic forces. Subsidence resulting from tectonic deformation of the crust is known as tectonic subsidence and can create accommodation for sediments to accumulate and eventually lithify into sedimentary rock.Ground subsidence is of global concern to geologists, geotechnical engineers, surveyors, engineers, urban planners, landowners, and the public in general. Pumping of groundwater or petroleum has led to subsidence of as much as 9 meters (30 ft) in many locations around the world and incurring costs measured in hundreds of millions of US dollars.


  1. subsidence

    Subsidence refers to the sudden sinking or gradual downward settling of the Earth's surface due to various natural or human-induced factors. This geological phenomenon can take place over a large area or a smaller, localized spot like a sinkhole. It can occur due to various reasons, including ground water extraction, natural compaction of loose soil, mining activities, or tectonic movements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subsidencenoun

    alt. of Subsidency


  1. Subsidence

    Subsidence is the motion of a surface as it shifts downward relative to a datum such as sea-level. The opposite of subsidence is uplift, which results in an increase in elevation. Ground subsidence is of concern to geologists, geotechnical engineers and surveyors.


  1. Subsidence

    Subsidence (WInstruments, Inc.) generates real-time, localized, weather data, powered by dense grids of patent-pending, next generation weather stations. The hardware designed by Subsidence detects rain, hail, wind, and other weather events directly at the Earth's surface where the risk to life and property is greatest. The information collected by Subsidence is analyzed and processed to create real-time datasets and historical analytics.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subsidence in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subsidence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of subsidence in a Sentence

  1. Brad Rippey:

    Complications in some areas include decades of over-pumping of groundwater, leading to land subsidence and decreased groundwater storage capability – you can see a couple of low well readings in the San Joaquin Valley, more realistically, there is a bit of lingering ‘groundwater drought’ in northeastern and southeastern California.

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