verb (used without object), subsided, subsiding.
to sink to a low or lower level.
to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate: The laughter subsided.
to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate: to cause coffee grounds to subside.

1640–50; < Latin subsīdere, equivalent to sub- sub- + sīdere to sit, settle; akin to sedēre to be seated; see sit1

subsidence [suhb-sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns] , noun
subsider, noun
nonsubsiding, adjective
unsubsided, adjective
unsubsiding, adjective

1. subside, subsist ; 2. subsidence, subsistence.

1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.

1. rise. 2. increase. Unabridged
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subside (səbˈsaɪd)
1.  to become less loud, excited, violent, etc; abate
2.  to sink or fall to a lower level
3.  (of the surface of the earth, etc) to cave in; collapse
4.  (of sediment, etc) to sink or descend to the bottom; settle
[C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle]

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Word Origin & History

1681, "to sink to the bottom," from L. subsidere "settle, sink, sit down or remain," from sub "down" + sidere "to settle," related to sedere (see sit). Meaning "to sink to a lower level, be reduced" is from 1706.
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Example sentences
For example by tollbooths subsiding communal tickets.
On the fourth day the inflammation was evidently subsiding, and on the sixth
  day it was scarcely perceptible.
The throbbing sensation in his arm had eased, and although his hand remained
  tender, he said the pain was subsiding.
For the past few weeks it has been subsiding, but it may come back for another
  whack at us in a few weeks.
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