3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sink \Sink\ (s[i^][ng]k), verb (used without an object) [imp. {Sunk} (s[u^][ng]k), or ({Sank} (s[a^][ng]k)); p. p. {Sunk} (obs. {Sunken}, -- now used as adjective); 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sinking \Sink"ing\, a. & n. from {Sink}.

{Sinking fund}. See under {Fund}.

{Sinking head} (Founding), a riser from which the mold is fed as the casting shrinks. See {Riser}, noun, 4.

{Sinking pump}, a pump which can be lowered in a well or a mine shaft as the level of the water sinks.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a descent as through liquid (especially through water); "they still talk about the sinking of the Titanic"

2: a slow fall or decline (as for lack of strength); "after several hours of sinking an unexpected rally rescued the market"; "he could not control the sinking of his legs"

3: a feeling caused by uneasiness or apprehension; "with a sinking heart"; "a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach" [syn: {sinking}, {sinking feeling}]

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