slip·​page | \ ˈsli-pij How to pronounce slippage (audio) \

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 Moderates, who tend to represent swing districts that are at the top of Republicans' takeover list, feel the pressure created by the weight of history and Biden's recent poll slippage acutely. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 24 Aug. 2021 On one hand, the points per game slippage should have been expected given that the Blazers feature Lillard and McCollum as their primary scorers. oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2021 But the two-time first-team All-Defense performer can’t be pleased with Boston’s slippage in that area this year., 11 June 2021 But there’s been noteworthy slippage in public attitudes about whether colleges and universities are having a positive or negative effect on the way things are going in the country. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 25 May 2021 But the president's overall slippage is less about Afghanistan than about two other issues. NBC News, 22 Aug. 2021 Because the sandbox was angled, material slippage was another big challenge. Matt Simon, Wired, 14 June 2021 There is no loss of traction and not an inch of tire slippage, just neck-snapping thrust as the four tires pull the crossover towards the next bend. Michael Harley, Robb Report, 27 July 2021 The shoes also feature an ultra-comfortable Techlite lightweight midsole for cushioning and Omni-Grip advanced traction rubber sole to prevent slippage. Tim Kohut, BGR, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of slippage

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Sep 2021

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“Slippage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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