subside (subsides, present participle subsiding; past and past participle subsided)

  1. (intransitive) To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle, as lees.
  2. (intransitive) To fall downward; to become lower; to descend; to sink.
  3. (intransitive) To fall into a state of calm; to be calm again; to settle down; to become tranquil; to abate.
    The sea subsides.
    The tumults of war will subside.
    The fever has subsided.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped ; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth and heaping kindling on the coals, […].
  4. (intransitive, colloquial) To cease talking.
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