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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 Last year’s slippage was not just Watt getting hurt. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley's 2020 Texans season preview," 7 Sep. 2020 There's a fair amount of clutch slippage from the transmission when setting off, as well as some clunky downshifts at low speeds around town. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Grows Up, Gets Better," 4 Sep. 2020 The angled handle is comfortable and features a finger guard to protect your hand from any slippage. Popular Science, "Pizza cutters that will get you the slice of your dreams," 2 Sep. 2020 Trump has to stop his slippage in the suburbs to win in November. Dallas News, "Don’t let Trump, Biden scare you. Do your research, vote.," 31 Aug. 2020 Miller says Winn Grips, slide-on sleeves that stop slippage, continue to be a popular material for rod handles, while guides on rods have continued to get smaller and more streamlined. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best fishing rods and poles, according to experts," 11 Aug. 2020 With the 18-inch pitch on the propeller—allowing for 15 percent propeller slippage—and the engine turning 3200 rpms, the math says the boat should have a top speed of around 46 mph. Jim Eicher, Popular Mechanics, "How I Built a Boat Using Plans from 1935," 2 June 2020 The slippage has so far been negligible, but Bibby suggests that could change when the $600 payment ends as millions of jobless workers receive this benefit. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Pandemic-stricken renters face double whammy at month's end," 11 July 2020 But in a tough race against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, even modest slippage with the base could be catastrophic. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump moves to placate a restive base," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of slippage

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Sep 2020

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“Slippage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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