slippage

noun
slip·page | \ˈsli-pij \

Definition of slippage 

1 : an act, instance, or process of slipping

2 : a loss in transmission of power also : the difference between theoretical and actual output (as of power)

Examples of slippage in a Sentence

The boot's sole prevents slippage.

Recent Examples on the Web

Nevertheless, Patel said fiscal slippages from the federal as well as state governments and any chances of a below-normal monsoon meant that risks to inflation were on the upside. Bloomberg.com, "India's RBI Paints a ‘Goldilocks’ Economy as Trade War Looms," 5 Apr. 2018 At times this season, Golden State has seemed to wage battles with boredom, with complacency, with slippage — inevitable products of the team’s success. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "This Sophisticated Admirer of the Warriors Says, ‘More Draymond, Please’," 27 May 2018 And, while each day after that makes a year-end vote more difficult in the U.S., many analysts say there is room for slippage. William Mauldin, WSJ, "As Nafta Deadline Nears, Four Scenarios That Could Unfold," 15 May 2018 According to further detail disclosed by Moody’s, schedule slippage had been noted through the last half of last year. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Interstate 4 builder's claim: 8-month delay and $100 million over budget," 12 July 2018 Suppan suffered slippage halfway through his four-year, $42 million deal and Garza never got any traction with his four-year, $50 million contract, and Darvish’s annual take will be at twice those levels. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Does Yu Darvish makes sense for the Brewers now?," 22 Jan. 2018 But that proved to be a temporary recovery from the slippage that had begun years earlier, when cities such as Washington, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, and San Francisco began to aggressively compete with Boston for tryouts. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "A comeback role for Boston theaters?," 14 July 2018 With that sign of slippage in mind, the Mavs are still acquiring a player who should still be in his prime and work well with the rest of the roster. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Grades: DeAndre Jordan is Finally A Dallas Maverick," 1 July 2018 This intentional slippage of droid identity is facilitated by the fact that the most prominent robots perform roles that are deeply familiar to us. Dan Hassler-forest, chicagotribune.com, "'Solo' gets one thing right: The droids in 'Star Wars' are basically slaves," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of slippage

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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slippage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slippage

: a movement downward : an act of moving into a lower or worse condition or state

: the act of sliding or slipping

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