Definition of slippage in English:



  • 1The action or process of something slipping or subsiding; the amount or extent of this.

    ‘$16 million has been spent on cracks and slippage’
    • ‘In a shower, be sure to have a bath mat to prevent slippage.’
    • ‘But these are all slippages easily repaired with firm editorial control’.’
    • ‘An adaptive building must allow slippage between each layer, or the slow layers block flow of quick, and quick layers tear up the slow.’
    • ‘This process is called mitotic slippage and yields tetraploid 4N cells.’
    • ‘The registration process creates slippage: each of the four colors, plus black, are printed over one another.’
    • ‘Work on the clean up of the local graveyard was suspended last week as fears of further slippages grew but the positioning of special fencing has raised hopes that work may resume this week.’
    • ‘He didn't have any advice for keeping the feathers equally spread throughout the quilt all night though, apparently even those quilted into squares suffer from feather slippage.’
    • ‘However, if changes, created either by slippages or by nucleotide substitutions, were seen in the sequence included in any of the indels, then the number of such changes was also counted and included in the analysis.’
    • ‘The plan also involves strengthening measures for the bank, which slopes down to Markievicz Road, where there has been slippage.’
    • ‘This suggests that some process other than enzyme slippage is contributing to the high level of diversity in this region.’
    • ‘It is estimated a further £30 million will be needed to prevent further slippages along the entirety of the seafront.’
    • ‘Microsatellite lengths change over evolutionary time through a process of replication slippage.’
    • ‘The slippage caused physical damage, delays, and consequential losses, and necessitated extensive remedial works.’
    • ‘The traction-control system works well, and is intentionally toned down to allow some slippage through the corners.’
    • ‘Mrs Smyth was worried residents would have had to move into emergency housing over Christmas because of heightened fears about the level of slippage.’
    • ‘You walk right by the edge, vertical drops for the vertigo-challenged, stepping round recent cliff slippages.’
    • ‘No matter how thin the grates, major slippage is bound to occur.’
    • ‘The New Walton Pier Company, which owns the site, told hut owners their huts would have to be removed for urgent safety work to be carried out due to land slippage.’
    • ‘The slippage has worried residents in the suburb, where more than 100 homes were inundated in the floods of November, 2000.’
    • ‘Major slippages in body condition can lead to undesirable further problems next year.’
    shortfall, deficiency, shortage, undersupply
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    1. 1.1 Failure to meet a standard or deadline; the extent of this.
      ‘slippage on any job will entail slippage on the overall project’
      • ‘But in recent years there's been serious slippage, enough to call a trend.’
      • ‘Any slippage in that timetable they think will be a huge victory for the insurgents and send exactly the wrong message.’
      • ‘So there has understandably been some slippage, but so far the American people generally, unlike the press, aren't panicking.’
      • ‘On the timing of the move, a degree of slippage from the original end - 1996 target date originally set by McCreevy is hinted at.’
      • ‘Despite the concerns, however, some stockbrokers have been advising clients to take advantage of the recent slippage in share prices to add to existing holdings.’
      • ‘We can only estimate the relative expansion slippage rates and contraction slippage rates compared to the point mutation rate.’
      • ‘But there was still no sign of slippage last night.’
      • ‘And despite regular grumbling from consumers about slippage in quality, more and more people are flying all the time.’
      • ‘Any further slippage of the fiscal deficit in the medium term could lower the nation's stable credit outlook.’
      • ‘She provided an example: In some organizations, slippages in a work schedule are acceptable, as long as there's a reasonable explanation.’
      • ‘The experience of defence equipment procurement in the UK since the second world war is a story liberally strewn with cost overruns and timetable slippages, often on a massive scale.’
      • ‘There is a strong emphasis on low direct tax rates and, notwithstanding a couple of years of slippage, firm control over government spending.’
      • ‘If further slippages occur in November and December, it would be a cause for attention.’
      • ‘In a competitive market, the rest will follow to ensure there ‘is no slippage in their market position’, he said.’
      • ‘Any slippage in tax collections can worsen the situation.’
      • ‘The aftermath of a terrorist attack is the riskiest time for such slippages.’
      • ‘These included streamlining training practices and eliminating slippages in deliveries.’
      • ‘There are other signs of slippage in anti-tobacco efforts.’
      • ‘We hope, if there is any slippage, we can be included in the first round and we feel we should be a priority in the second round.’
      • ‘Well, at this point they're succeeding pretty well, because we have not seen any slippage on the part of the Democrats.’