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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Payne flits between the two cataclysms, first with slow precision, and then, as the cruxes approach, back and forth cinematically, the borders showing some slippage. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Endgames in “Sea Wall/A Life” and “Coriolanus”," 12 Aug. 2019 Despite Manning’s obvious slippage over the last five seasons, OBJ still succeeded with the Giants, averaging 6.6 catches, 92.8 yards and 0.74 touchdowns a game. Michael Beller,, "Season of the Switch: How Will Top Fantasy Stars Fare With Their New Teams?," 1 July 2019 And then there is the inevitable slippage from admiring a virtue as embodied in an individual, or represented in fiction or art, and attributing that virtue to larger social or national groups. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "N.C. Wyeth painted the world full of beauty, resilience and adventure. And full of white people.," 3 July 2019 Edges of the road are damaged and there has been some hillside slippage. Sheila Vilvens,, "Sinkhole opens on River Road adding to list of weather-related road problems," 17 June 2019 Eventually, Lucrécia and her husband return to São Geraldo, and there is some slippage. Carolyn Kellogg,, "Rediscovering Clarice Lispector, the Brazilian author who blurs the lines of dreams," 13 June 2019 There is always some slippage when the work is not done by an actual appraiser. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Real deal: Silicon Valley property values experience moderate gains," 19 July 2019 The on-demand, all-wheel-drive system functions in rear drive until slippage occurs and then the system can send up to 50 percent of traction to the front wheels. Mark Maynard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Maserati Ghibli S Q4: from savior to the sidelines," 7 July 2019 Recent rains have caused additional slippage on a slope between the Wards Corner Road and Milford/Blanchester exit. Sheila Vilvens,, "Repairs to begin, weather permitting, on I-275 sliding slope in Clermont County," 25 June 2019

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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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