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4 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]:

Sink \Sink\ (s[i^][ng]k), verb (used with an object)

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.

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

Sink \Sink\ (s[i^][ng]k), noun

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.]

4. 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.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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

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

sink

noun

1: plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe

2: (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system; "the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide" [ant: {source}]

3: a depression in the ground communicating with a subterranean passage (especially in limestone) and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof [syn: {sinkhole}, {sink}, {swallow hole}]

4: a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it [syn: {cesspool}, {cesspit}, {sink}, {sump}]

verb

1: fall or descend to a lower place or level; "He sank to his knees" [syn: {sink}, {drop}, {drop down}]

2: cause to sink; "The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor"

3: pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into nirvana" [syn: {sink}, {pass}, {lapse}]

4: go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned" [syn: {sink}, {settle}, {go down}, {go under}] [ant: {float}, {swim}]

5: descend into or as if into some soft substance or place; "He sank into bed"; "She subsided into the chair" [syn: {sink}, {subside}]

6: appear to move downward; "The sun dipped below the horizon"; "The setting sun sank below the tree line" [syn: {dip}, {sink}]

7: fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly; "The real estate market fell off" [syn: {slump}, {fall off}, {sink}]

8: fall or sink heavily; "He slumped onto the couch"; "My spirits sank" [syn: {slump}, {slide down}, {sink}]

9: embed deeply; "She sank her fingers into the soft sand"; "He buried his head in her lap" [syn: {bury}, {sink}]

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