subsidence subsidence  /səb ˈsaɪ dəns/


  1. (n) an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)
  2. (n) a gradual sinking to a lower level
  3. (n) the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it


  1. Whatever the cause, natural subsidence is extremely slow and almost imperceptible.
  2. Historically, that subsidence has been counteracted by sedimentation: new silt, sand and clay that are deposited when the river floods.
  3. Early on, the government confined its effort to the polluted creek, without looking at chat piles, soil, air quality or the danger of subsidence.


  • Heat Increasing into the Weekend

    High pressure will continue to build across Acadiana into the weekend with its subsidence (or sinking air) compressing the atmosphere, thereby allowing for hotter temperatures. Surface winds will turn westerly Thursday cutting off most of the cooling effects from the Gulf, with winds turning northwesterly Friday which could push our readings into the upper 90s in some spots. Temperatures will ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KATC 3 Lafayette

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  1. "Tomorrow, Minister Wilson will be taking a submission to Cabinet that states that any existing house in Collingwood Park damaged by mine subsidence now or in the future will be repaired, or where beyond economic repair bought-out for the lifetime...
    on May 6, 2008 By: Anna Bligh Source: Media Newswire (press release)

  2. Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley said: "I am pleased that the Highways Agency is now making some positive progress to correct the subsidence problem." "Although we will have to wait for a permanent solution, I'm sure that motorists using the...
    on Mar 10, 2009 By: David Ruffley Source: Ipswich Evening Star

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