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[slip-ij] /ˈslɪp ɪdʒ/
an act or instance of slipping.
an amount or extent of slipping.
failure to maintain an expected level, fulfill a goal, meet a deadline, etc.; loss, decline, or delay; a falling off.
Machinery. the amount of work dissipated by slipping of parts, excess play, etc.
Origin of slippage
1840-50; slip1 + -age Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for slippage
  • Sidewinding reduces contact between the snake's body and the ground, minimizing slippage on loose soils.
  • Every advance was followed by slippage and obstruction before, at long last, the job was done.
  • If so, you'll have to due pairwise comparisons to identify the statistical differences which will result in more alpha slippage.
  • There appears to be no single explanation for the slippage.
  • The plan, as initially proposed, provided almost no room for slippage.
  • There's always slippage between what's on paper and the law in actual practice.
  • Tire slippage can occur on wet or icy highways, which wastes energy and decreases fuel economy.
  • When this slippage happens abruptly, presto, you've got an earthquake.
  • Chance of frame slippage or problem in advancing film: great.
  • Other common reasons for reoperation include breakdown, slippage, and excessive tightness of the wrap.
British Dictionary definitions for slippage


the act or an instance of slipping
the amount of slipping or the extent to which slipping occurs
  1. an instance of not reaching a norm, target, etc
  2. the extent of this
the power lost in a mechanical device or system as a result of slipping
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Word Origin and History for slippage

1850, "act of slipping," from slip (v.) + -age.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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