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’
    • ‘No matter how thin the grates, major slippage is bound to occur.’
    • ‘Microsatellite lengths change over evolutionary time through a process of replication slippage.’
    • ‘This suggests that some process other than enzyme slippage is contributing to the high level of diversity in this region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The traction-control system works well, and is intentionally toned down to allow some slippage through the corners.’
    • ‘The slippage caused physical damage, delays, and consequential losses, and necessitated extensive remedial works.’
    • ‘An adaptive building must allow slippage between each layer, or the slow layers block flow of quick, and quick layers tear up the slow.’
    • ‘Major slippages in body condition can lead to undesirable further problems next year.’
    • ‘It is estimated a further £30 million will be needed to prevent further slippages along the entirety of the seafront.’
    • ‘But these are all slippages easily repaired with firm editorial control’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The slippage has worried residents in the suburb, where more than 100 homes were inundated in the floods of November, 2000.’
    • ‘You walk right by the edge, vertical drops for the vertigo-challenged, stepping round recent cliff slippages.’
    • ‘The plan also involves strengthening measures for the bank, which slopes down to Markievicz Road, where there has been slippage.’
    • ‘Mrs Smyth was worried residents would have had to move into emergency housing over Christmas because of heightened fears about the level of slippage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a shower, be sure to have a bath mat to prevent slippage.’
    shortfall, deficiency, shortage, undersupply, slippage
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    1. 1.1Failure to meet a standard or deadline: the extent of this.
      ‘slippage on any job will entail slippage on the overall project’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The aftermath of a terrorist attack is the riskiest time for such slippages.’
      • ‘Any slippage in that timetable they think will be a huge victory for the insurgents and send exactly the wrong message.’
      • ‘Well, at this point they're succeeding pretty well, because we have not seen any slippage on the part of the Democrats.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If further slippages occur in November and December, it would be a cause for attention.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These included streamlining training practices and eliminating slippages in deliveries.’
      • ‘In a competitive market, the rest will follow to ensure there ‘is no slippage in their market position’, he said.’
      • ‘There is a strong emphasis on low direct tax rates and, notwithstanding a couple of years of slippage, firm control over government spending.’
      • ‘She provided an example: In some organizations, slippages in a work schedule are acceptable, as long as there's a reasonable explanation.’
      • ‘And despite regular grumbling from consumers about slippage in quality, more and more people are flying all the time.’
      • ‘We can only estimate the relative expansion slippage rates and contraction slippage rates compared to the point mutation rate.’
      • ‘Any slippage in tax collections can worsen the situation.’
      • ‘Any further slippage of the fiscal deficit in the medium term could lower the nation's stable credit outlook.’
      • ‘There are other signs of slippage in anti-tobacco efforts.’
      • ‘But there was still no sign of slippage last night.’
      • ‘So there has understandably been some slippage, but so far the American people generally, unlike the press, aren't panicking.’
      • ‘But in recent years there's been serious slippage, enough to call a trend.’