noun (C, U) the process by which land sinks to a lower level, or the state of land or buildings that have sunk: Is your house insured against subsidence?

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  • subsidence — [ sypsidɑ̃s; sybzidɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1874; « sédiment, dépôt » méd. 1557; lat. subsidentia, p. ê. par l angl. ♦ Géol. Affaissement lent d une partie de l écorce terrestre sous le poids des sédiments. ♢ (1949) Météorol. Mouvement d affaissement d une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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. [1913 Webster] The subdual or subsidence of the more violent passions. Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subsidence — index decline, decrease, descent (declination), lull, remission Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • subsidence — The traditional pronunciation is sǝb siy dǝns, with the stress on the second syllable, but the form sub si dǝns, with the stress on the first syllable under the influence of residence and subsidy, is also common in standard speech …   Modern English usage

  • subsidence — ► NOUN ▪ the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land …   English terms dictionary

  • Subsidence — For subsidence in the atmosphere, see subsidence (atmosphere). A road destroyed by subsidence and shear, near Castleton, Derbyshire …   Wikipedia

  • subsidence — See subside. * * * ▪ geology       sinking of the Earth s surface in response to geologic or man induced causes. When subsidence occurs in great belts, providing troughs for the accumulation of sediments, the resulting features are termed… …   Universalium

  • Subsidence — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Dans divers domaines, la subsidence décrit un mouvement vers le bas d un ensemble important. Inspiré de son usage anglophone, ce terme revêt généralement… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • subsidence — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ rapid, slow VERB + SUBSIDENCE ▪ suffer from (esp. BrE) ▪ A number of houses had suffered from subsidence. SUBSIDENCE + VERB …   Collocations dictionary

  • subsidence — [[t]səbsa͟ɪd(ə)ns, sʌ̱bsɪd(ə)ns[/t]] N UNCOUNT When there is subsidence in a place, the ground there sinks to a lower level. A surveyor said that the problems were caused by subsidence and the house needed to be underpinned …   English dictionary

  • subsidence — (entrée créée par le supplément) (sub si dan s ) s. f. Terme de géologie. Action de descendre au dessous du niveau, affaissement. •   Elles marquent probablement la limite extrême de l affaissement, ou, pour employer l expression anglaise, de la… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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