— subsidence /seuhb suyd"ns, sub"si dns/ , n. — subsider , n.
/seuhb suyd"/ , v.i. , subsided, subsiding .
1. to sink to a low or lower level.
2. to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate: The laughter subsided.
3. to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate: to cause coffee grounds to subside.
[ 1640-50; subsidere, equiv. to sub- SUB- + sidere to sit, settle; akin to sedere to be seated; see SIT 1 ]
Syn. 1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.
Ant. 1. rise. 2. increase.