What does the word subsidence mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by E J Banfield