subsidence noun definition in Construction topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

subsidence

 noun: Construction topic
the process by which an area of land sinks to a lower level than normal, or by which a building sinks into the ground The houses in this area are liable to subsidence. The buildings were insured against fire, subsidence and earthquakes. The roots of the trees are causing subsidence damage to the building. The road was closed because of subsidence. A number of houses had suffered from subsidence.