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Definition of Subsidence

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gradual sinking of land caused by natural shifts or human activity; (Medicine) remittal, remission, decrease in the manifestations (of a disease); sinking in bone;
Subsidence Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
Alt. of Subsidency
  
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subsidence
\sub*sid"ence\ (?), subsidency \sub*sid"en*cy\ (?), ] n. [l. subsidens, -entis, p. pr. of subsidere. see subside.] the act or process of subsiding. the subdual or subsidence of the more violent passions. warburton.
subsidence
n
1. an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease); "his cancer is in remission" [syn: remission, remittal]


2. a gradual sinking to a lower level [syn: settling, subsiding]


3. the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it [syn: cave in]



WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease); "his cancer is in remission"
(synonym) remission, remittal
(hypernym) suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement
(hyponym) resolution
(derivation) subside, lessen
2. a gradual sinking to a lower level
(synonym) settling, subsiding
(hypernym) sinking
(derivation) subside
3. the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it
(synonym) cave in
(hypernym) collapse
(derivation) subside
Subsidence Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
WEATHER&METEOROLOGY
A descending motion of the air in the atmosphere that usually extends over a rather broad area.
A COMPREHENSIVE GLOSSARY OF WEATHER
Sinking (downward) motion in the atmosphere, usually over a broad area.
Glossary of water terms
a dropping of the land surface as a result of ground water being pumped. Cracks and fissures can appear in the land. Subsidence is virtually an irreversible process.
Glossary of Cartographic Terms
Decrease in the elevation of land surface due to tectonic, seismic, or artificial forces, without removal of surface material.
Subsidence Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Subsidence is the motion of a surface (usually, the Earth's 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.

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Subsidence Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
A sinking of a large area of the earth's crust. Typically this may result from the over-pumping of a basin's water table and the inability of the soils to re-absorb water from natural or artificial injection. Also frequently results from overdrafts of the aquifer and its inability to fully recharge, a process termed Aquifer Compaction. Also see Land Subsidence.