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 plan also calls for a series of 36 inch casings, or holes, to be drilled below ground as sheaths for the piles, but doing so previously resulted in sinkage and the work was paused in August. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 This sinkage can burst pipes, crack foundations, and destroy roads, so engineers study the composition of potential landfill development sites to assess future stability and to develop designs that can account for settlement. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2021 Differential sinkage is a constant concern for developers. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 29 July 2021 Essentially, this causes the ground to cave in on itself, causing the sinkage seen over time in a place like Corcoran. Andy Meek, BGR, 29 May 2021 The bowl is the region of deep sinkage in the land, with Corcoran at the center — a sinkhole at a snail’s pace. New York Times, 25 May 2021 Built from high-density memory foam, this topper also helps alleviate body aches by supporting pressure points and preventing too much sinkage. Joanna Sciarrino, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 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, 10 July 2019 The sinkage would not bode well for things to come. Richard Campanella, The Atlantic, 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sinkage

1783, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of sinkage was in 1783

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24 Oct 2021

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“Sinkage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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