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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Subside \Sub*side"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Subsided; p. pr. & vb. n. Subsiding.] [L. subsidere; sub under, below + sidere to sit down, to settle; akin to sedere to sit, E. sit. See Sit.] 1. To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle, as lees. [1913 Webster] 2. To tend downward; to become lower; to descend; to sink. "Heaven's subsiding hill." --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To fall into a state of quiet; to cease to rage; to be calmed; to settle down; to become tranquil; to abate; as, the sea subsides; the tumults of war will subside; the fever has subsided. "In cases of danger, pride and envy naturally subside." --C. Middleton. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Abate. [1913 Webster] Subsidence