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.

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Each pair is generously cut over the calf, with a wide cuff to avoid slippage. Craig Montague, Town & Country, "Not Your Grandfather's Socks," 22 Aug. 2014 For the past several weeks, coach Gregg Popovich has bemoaned a slippage in the Spurs’ defense. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "With playoffs in limbo, Spurs getting back to defensive roots," 16 Mar. 2018 Their present-day accuracy corresponds to about one second of slippage over the lifetime of the universe—and there are ingenious plans to do even better. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "The Second Quantum Revolution," 18 Oct. 2018 With that kind of timetable slippage, NASA may need some reassurance. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Things We Learned From SpaceX's Moon Tourist Announcement," 18 Sep. 2018 The ultimate fit is achieved through the evoKNIT sock, with additional heel padding to prevent slippage., "PUMA Release Latest Stunning Colour Updates for Both FUTURE and ONE Boots," 12 Jan. 2018 The first stage in Centineo’s conquest of the internet’s collective heart was to create a certain slippage between himself and Peter Kavinsky. Constance Grady, Vox, "Noah Centineo and the rise of the wholesome internet boyfriend, explained," 28 Sep. 2018 Negative effects for some patients included fatigue, hypertension, rashes, fractures, falls, nausea, and mild cognitive and memory slippage. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Two Prostate Cancer Drugs Delay Spread of the Disease by Two Years," 8 Feb. 2018 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., "India's RBI Paints a ‘Goldilocks’ Economy as Trade War Looms," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of slippage

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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