sink·​age | \ ˈsiŋ-kij How to pronounce sinkage (audio) \

Definition of sinkage

2 : the process or degree of sinking
3 : the distance from the top line of a full page to the first line of lowered matter

Examples of sinkage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That continual sinkage, combined with rising global sea levels due to the climate crisis, meant New Orleans would probably be between 2½ and 4 meters (2.73 to 4.37 feet) below sea level by 2100. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Why New Orleans is vulnerable to flooding: It's sinking," 10 July 2019 The sinkage would not bode well for things to come. Richard Campanella, The Atlantic, "How Humans Sank New Orleans," 6 Feb. 2018 Luckily, in these sinkhole-prone areas, efforts to monitor soil chemistry and use satellites to scope out at-risk zones by Ivey Burden and other engineers can help predict future sinkage. Kyle Frischkorn, Smithsonian, "What Are All The Ways That Land Can Disappear Beneath Your Feet?," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of sinkage

1783, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Sinkage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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