As nouns the difference between subsidence and retreat
is that subsidence
is the process of becoming less active or severe while retreat
is the act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
As a verb retreat is
to withdraw military forces.
The process of becoming less active or severe
* Bishop Warburton
A sinking of something to a lower level, especially of part of the surface of the Earth due to underground excavation or seismic activity or groundwater depletion
- The subdual or subsidence of the more violent passions.
The act of pulling back or withdrawing, as from something dangerous, or unpleasant.
The act of reversing direction and receding from a forward position.
A peaceful, quiet place affording privacy or security.
- In a retreat he outruns any lackey.
- He built his son a house of pleasure, and spared no cost to make a delicious retreat .
A period of retirement, seclusion, or solitude.
A period of meditation, prayer or study.
Withdrawal by military force from a dangerous position or from enemy attack.
A signal for a military withdrawal.
A bugle call or drumbeat signaling the lowering of the flag at sunset, as on a military base.
A military ceremony to lower the flag.
(chess) The move of a piece from a threatened position.
- That pleasing shade they sought, a soft retreat / From sudden April showers, a shelter from the heat.
* religious retreat
To withdraw military forces.