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slippage

[slip-ij] /ˈslɪp ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
an act or instance of slipping.
2.
an amount or extent of slipping.
3.
failure to maintain an expected level, fulfill a goal, meet a deadline, etc.; loss, decline, or delay; a falling off.
4.
Machinery. the amount of work dissipated by slipping of parts, excess play, etc.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; slip1 + -age
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  • Sidewinding reduces contact between the snake's body and the ground, minimizing slippage on loose soils.
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  • 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

slippage

/ˈslɪpɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of slipping
2.
the amount of slipping or the extent to which slipping occurs
3.
  1. an instance of not reaching a norm, target, etc
  2. the extent of this
4.
the power lost in a mechanical device or system as a result of slipping
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Word Origin and History for slippage
n.

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

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