Part of speech: noun

The act or process of subsiding; a failing or sinking.

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Usage examples "subsidence":

  1. It is, then, not improbable that the corals should sometimes perish either on the whole or on part of a reef; if on part, the dead portion, after a small amount of subsidence, would still retain its proper outline and position beneath the water. - "Coral-Reefs", Darwin, Charles.
  2. 2558. The great point to remember in measles is, not to give up the treatment with the apparent subsidence of the disease, as the after- consequences of measles are too often more serious, and to be more dreaded, than the measles themselves. - "The Book of Household Management", Mrs. Isabella Beeton.
  3. Patiently they waited for the subsidence of the waters, but more rain came and the camp grew hungrier than ever. - "My Tropic Isle", E J Banfield.