- The definition of a sink is a basin for water.
An example of a sink is where many people wash dishes.
- Sink is defined as to go down slowly, or to drop beneath the surface or normal level.
- An example of to sink is to drop down to a D average in a class.
- An example of to sink is for a boat to go beneath the surface of the water.
This boat is about to sink.
sink definition by Webster's New World
- to go beneath the surface of water, deep snow, soft ground, etc. so as to be partly or completely covered
- to go down slowly; fall or descend gradually
- to appear to fall or descend: the sun sinking in the west
- to become lower in level; diminish in height or depth: a lake that has sunk three inches
- to slope downward (from, to, etc.)
- to diminish or decrease in degree, volume, or strength; subside, as wind, flames, a sound, spirits, etc.
- to become lower in value or amount; lessen, as prices, funds, etc.
- to seem or become hollow or shrunken; recede, as the cheeks or eyes
- to pass gradually (into sleep, despair, lethargy, etc.)
- to become increasingly and dangerously ill; approach death; fail
- to lose position, wealth, prestige, dignity, etc.
- to lose or abandon one's moral values and stoop (to some unworthy action)
- to become absorbed; penetrate
Origin: Middle English sinken ; from Old English sincan, akin to German sinken ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sengw-, to fall, sink from source Classical Greek heaphthē, (he) sank
- to cause to submerge or go beneath the surface: to sink a boat, to sink a spade into the ground
- to cause or allow to fall or go down; lower
- to make (a well, mine, engraved design, etc.) by digging, drilling, or cutting
- to cause to penetrate or become absorbed
- to reduce in volume, amount, degree, or intensity
- to invest (money, capital, etc.)
- to lose by investing
- to hold back, suppress, or conceal (evidence, identity, personal interests, etc.)
- to pay up (a debt)
- to cause to lose courage, strength, etc. or position, dignity, etc.
- to debase (character, dignity, etc.)
- to defeat; undo; ruin
- ☆ Sports to put (a basketball, golf ball, etc.) through the net, into the cup, etc. so as to score
- a cesspool or sewer
- any place or thing considered morally filthy or corrupted
- any of various basins, as in a kitchen or laundry, connected with a drainpipe and, usually, a water supply
- a repository or device for collecting, removing, or absorbing energy, heat, a specific substance, etc. from a system and then disposing of or dissipating it
- ☆ Geol.
- an area of slightly sunken land, esp. one in which water collects, often forming a salt lake, or disappears by evaporation or percolation into the ground
- sinkhole (sense )
Origin: ME sinke < the v.
- sinkable adjective
sink definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb sank sank or sunk , sunk sunk, sink·ing, sinks verb, intransitive
- To descend to the bottom; submerge.
- a. To fall or drop to a lower level, especially to go down slowly or in stages: The water in the lake sank several feet during the long, dry summer.b. To subside or settle gradually, as a massive or weighty structure.
- To appear to move downward, as the sun or moon in setting.
- To slope downward; incline.
- To pass into a specified condition: She sank into a deep sleep.
- a. To deteriorate in quality or condition: The patient is sinking fast. The family sank into a state of disgrace.b. To diminish, as in value.
- To become weaker, quieter, or less forceful: His voice sank to a whisper.
- a. To drop or fall slowly, as from weakness or fatigue: The exhausted runner sank to the ground.b. To feel great disappointment or discouragement: Her heart sank within her.
- To seep or soak; penetrate: The water is sinking into the ground.
- To make an impression; become felt or understood: The meaning finally sank in.
- To cause to descend beneath a surface: sink a ship.
- To cause to drop or lower: sank the bucket into the well.
- To force into the ground: sink a piling.
- To dig or drill (a mine or well) in the earth.
- To occupy the full attention of; engross.
- a. To make weaker, quieter, or less forceful.b. To reduce in quantity or worth.
- To debase the nature of; degrade.
- To bring to a low or ruined state; defeat or destroy.
- To suppress or hide: He sank his arrogance and apologized.
- Informal To defeat, as in a game.
- a. To invest: sink money into a new housing project.b. To invest without any prospect of return.
- To pay off (a debt).
- Sports To get (a ball) into a hole or basket.
- A water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe and generally a piped supply of water.
- A cesspool.
- A sinkhole.
- A natural or artificial means of absorbing or removing a substance or a form of energy from a system.
- A place regarded as wicked and corrupt.
Origin: Middle English sinken, from Old English sincan.
- sinkˈa·ble adjective
sink - Computer Definition
sink - Phrases/Idioms
sink or swim
sink - Science Definition
- A part of the physical environment, or more generally any physical system, that absorbs some form of matter or energy. For example, a forest acts as a sink for carbon dioxide because it absorbs more of the gas in photosynthesis than it releases in respiration. Coral reefs are a long-lasting sink for carbon, which they sequester in their skeletons in the form of calcium carbonate.
- Geology a. See playa.b. See sinkhole.c. A circular depression on the flank of a volcano, caused by the collapse of a volcanic wall.