Meaning of subside

sub•side

Pronunciation: (sub-sīd'), [key]
— -sid•ed, -sid•ing.
  1. to sink to a low or lower level.
  2. to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate: The laughter subsided.
  3. to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate: to cause coffee grounds to subside.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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