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Definitions of sink

  1. embed deeply; " She sank her fingers into the soft sand"; " He buried his head in her lap"
  2. a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it
  3. fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly; " The real estate market fell off"
  4. go under, " The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
  5. pass into a specified state or condition; " He sank into Nirvana"
  6. appear to move downward; " The sun dipped below the horizon"; " The setting sun sank below the tree line"
  7. plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe
  8. descend into or as if into some soft substance or place; " He sank into bed"; " She subsided into the chair"
  9. cause to sink; " The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbour"
  10. fall or sink heavily; " He slumped onto the couch"; " My spirits sank"
  11. ( technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system; " the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide"
  12. cause to sink; " The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor"
  13. The lowest part of a natural hollow or closed basin whence the water of one or more streams escapes by evaporation; as, the sink of the Humboldt River.
  14. To fall by, or as by, the force of gravity; to descend lower and lower; to decline gradually; to subside; as, a stone sinks in water; waves rise and sink; the sun sinks in the west.
  15. To enter deeply; to fall or retire beneath or below the surface; to penetrate.
  16. Hence, to enter so as to make an abiding impression; to enter completely.
  17. To be overwhelmed or depressed; to fall slowly, as so the ground, from weakness or from an overburden; to fail in strength; to decline; to decay; to decrease.
  18. To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height.
  19. To cause to sink; to put under water; to immerse or submerge in a fluid; as, to sink a ship.
  20. Figuratively: To cause to decline; to depress; to degrade; hence, to ruin irretrievably; to destroy, as by drowping; as, to sink one's reputation.
  21. To make ( a depression) by digging, delving, or cutting, etc.; as, to sink a pit or a well; to sink a die.
  22. To bring low; to reduce in quantity; to waste.
  23. To conseal and appropriate.
  24. To keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore.
  25. To reduce or extinguish by payment; as, to sink the national debt.
  26. A drain to carry off filthy water; a jakes.
  27. A shallow box or vessel of wood, stone, iron, or other material, connected with a drain, and used for receiving filthy water, etc., as in a kitchen.
  28. A hole or low place in land or rock, where waters sink and are lost; - called also sink hole.
  29. To fall or go downward; fall to the bottom; decline gradually; enter deeply; as, to sink into the mind.
  30. To cause to go to the bottom; as, to sink ships; make by digging downward; as, to sink a well; place in the excavation made.
  31. A drain to carry off dirty or superfluous water; in geology, any slight depression of the land, especially one that has no water outlet, or an underground one.
  32. Sank, sunk.
  33. Sunk.
  34. Sinking.
  35. To fall to the bottom: to fall down: to descend lower: to fall gradually: to fall below the surface: to enter deeply: to be impressed: to be overwhelmed: to fail in strength.
  36. To cause to sink: to put under water: to keep out of sight: to suppress: to degrade: to cause to decline or fall: to plunge into destruction: to make by digging or delving: to pay absolutely: to lower on value or amount: to lessen:- pa. t. sank and sunk: pa. p. sunk, sunken.
  37. A drain to carry off dirty water: a box or vessel connected with a drain for receiving dirty water.
  38. SINKER.
  39. To cause to sink; immerse; suppress; degrade.
  40. To fall down; descend; enter deeply; be overwhelmed; decline.
  41. Trough for carrying off waste water, & c.
  42. To submerge, as in water.
  43. To dig downward, as a well; cause to descend.
  44. To debase or degrade; diminish; depress; suppress.
  45. To descend by force of gravity, as through a fluid; fall; fail; set; decline; cower; droop; shrink.
  46. A basin connected with a drain, for waste water, etc.; a cesspool.
  47. A drain to carry off filthy water; a basin of stone or wood to receive filthy water; a place of filth.
  48. To cause to sink; to immerse in a fluid; to make by digging; to depress; to degrade; to reduce; to diminish; to waste.
  49. To fall towards the bottom; to subside; to fall gradually; to penetrate; to become lower; to settle to a level; to be overwhelmed; to enter deeply; to decline.
  50. To fall or go downwards, as in water or mud; to go to the bottom; to subside; to penetrate into any body; to settle to a level; to fall or retire within the surface of anything; to decline; to droop; to decrease; to immerse in a fluid; to depress; to degrade; to crush; to reduce; to waste; to dissipate; to make by digging; to invest money permanently in any undertaking or scheme for the sake of interest.
  51. An open box of wood lined with lead, or one of stone, with a pipe in the bottom for carrying off superfluous or dirty water; that under which anything sinks or descends; that in which corruption, physical or moral, is gathered.

Usage examples for sink

  1. I would far rather go with the Vandals to find and sink you. – The Scarlet Banner by Felix Dahn
  2. Why indeed, returned Lady Bellair, but that people sink to their fortunes! – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  3. Give the nerve time to rest, and utility does not sink. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  4. In another was an open sink with running water. – The Adventures of Bobby Orde by Stewart Edward White
  5. I shall sink deep, deep down! – The Book of One Syllable by Esther Bakewell
  6. Pat didn't answer, but had the air of a captain intending to sink with the ship. – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  7. Behind the kitchen door there was a noise of water running in the sink. – The Happy Foreigner by Enid Bagnold
  8. When you sink down I see your hands come together in prayer. – The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon by Newell Dwight Hillis
  9. But she only laughed at him from the sink. – Undertow by Kathleen Norris
  10. I could sink into the earth for shame. – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  11. The sun did not sink in glory tonight, but passed out of sight into a bank of dark and threatening clouds. – Heart Talks by Charles Wesley Naylor
  12. They look as if they were on their way to the knacker's yard, and very often as if they must sink beneath the load they are compelled to carry. – Home Life in Germany by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  13. Then I would sink a dagger into his heart as I bent to kiss him- let him drink the deep sleep that has no ending outside of Sangjang. – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham
  14. When upon my fate I think I grow faint, my spirits sink. – Rhymes Old and New by M.E.S. Wright
  15. You can be ready and sink him the moment he does so. – The Boy Allies Under the Sea by Robert L. Drake
  16. The very thought of a debt of two thousand makes my heart sink. – Letters of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov Translated by Constance Garnett
  17. " He cried right into his handkerchief," she said, " until I thought I should sink." – Linda Condon by Joseph Hergesheimer
  18. That in itself may show to what depths we sink. – The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeanette Duncan
  19. You look ready to sink!" – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
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