Definitions for: Sink


[n] a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it
[n] plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe
[v] fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly; "The real estate market fell off"
[v] embed deeply; "She sank her fingers into the soft sand"; "He buried his head in her lap"
[v] descend into or as if into some soft substance or place; "He sank into bed"; "She subsided into the chair"
[v] pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into Nirvana"
[v] fall or drop to a lower place or level; "He sank to his knees."
[v] cause to sink; "The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbour"
[v] fall or sink heavily; "He slumped onto the couch"; "My spirits sank"
[v] go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"
[v] appear to move downward; "The sun dipped below the horizon"; "The setting sun sank below the tree line"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sink (s[i^][ng]k), n.
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. [Western U. S.]


Sink, v. i. [imp. Sunk, or (Sank); p. p. Sunk (obs.
Sunken, -- now used as adj.); p. pr. & vb. n. Sinking.]
[OE. sinken, AS. sincan; akin to D. zinken, OS. sincan, G.
sinken, Icel. s["o]kkva, Dan. synke, Sw. sjunka, Goth.
siggan, and probably to E. silt. Cf. Silt.]
1. 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.

I sink in deep mire. --Ps. lxix. 2.

2. To enter deeply; to fall or retire beneath or below the
surface; to penetrate.

The stone sunk into his forehead. --1 San. xvii.
49.

3. Hence, to enter so as to make an abiding impression; to
enter completely.

Let these sayings sink down into your ears. --Luke
ix. 44.

4. 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.

I think our country sinks beneath the yoke. --Shak.

He sunk down in his chariot. --2 Kings ix.
24.

Let not the fire sink or slacken. --Mortimer.

5. To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become
diminished in volume or in apparent height.

The Alps and Pyreneans sink before him. --Addison.

Syn: To fall; subside; drop; droop; lower; decline; decay;
decrease; lessen.


Sink, v. t.
1. To cause to sink; to put under water; to immerse or
submerge in a fluid; as, to sink a ship.

[The Athenians] fell upon the wings and sank a
single ship. --Jowett
(Thucyd.).

2. Figuratively: To cause to decline; to depress; to degrade;
hence, to ruin irretrievably; to destroy, as by drowping;
as, to sink one's reputation.

I raise of sink, imprison or set free. --Prior.

If I have a conscience, let it sink me. --Shak.

Thy cruel and unnatural lust of power Has sunk thy
father more than all his years. --Rowe.

3. To make (a depression) by digging, delving, or cutting,
etc.; as, to sink a pit or a well; to sink a die.

4. To bring low; to reduce in quantity; to waste.

You sunk the river repeated draughts. --Addison.

5. To conseal and appropriate. [Slang]

If sent with ready money to buy anything, and you
happen to be out of pocket, sink the money, and take
up the goods on account. --Swift.

6. To keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore.

A courtly willingness to sink obnoxious truths.
--Robertson.

7. To reduce or extinguish by payment; as, to sink the
national debt.


Sink, n.
1. A drain to carry off filthy water; a jakes.

2. 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.

3. A hole or low place in land or rock, where waters sink and
are lost; -- called also sink hole. [U. S.]

Sink hole.
(a) The opening to a sink drain.
(b) A cesspool.
(c) Same as Sink, n., 3.

Synonyms: bury, cesspit, cesspool, dip, drop, drop down, fall off, lapse, pass, slide down, slump, subside, sump

Antonyms: float, swim

See Also: basin, break, cave in, change posture, cistern, collapse, come down, countersink, decline, descend, displace, drain basket, droop, drop, drop open, embed, engraft, fall, fall in, fall open, filter, flag, founder, give, give way, go down, go under, imbed, implant, kitchen sink, lavatory, move, percolate, permeate, plant, plumbing fixture, sag, sag down, set, settle, sink in, submerge, submerse, swag, washbasin, washbowl, washstand

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