intransitive verb sank or sunk, sunk, sinking
- 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
ME sinken < OE sincan, akin to Ger sinken < IE base *sengw-, to fall, sink > Gr heaphthē, (he) sank
- 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 )
ME sinke < the v.