- 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.
intransitive verbsank 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
Origin of sinkMiddle 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 of sinkME sinke < the v.
verbsank sank or sunk , sunk sunk, sink·ing, sinks
- a. To go below the surface of water or another liquid: We watched the leaky inner tube slowly sink.b. To descend to the bottom of a body of water or other liquid: found the wreck where it had sunk.
- 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: Cracks developed as the building sank.
- To appear to move downward, as the sun or moon in setting.
- To slope downward; incline: The road sinks as it approaches the stream.
- a. To fall or lower oneself 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.
- a. To pass into something; penetrate: The claws sank into the flesh of the prey.b. To steep or soak: The wine has sunk into my shirt.
- 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: Gold prices are sinking.
- To become weaker, quieter, or less forceful: His voice sank to a whisper.
- To make an impression; become felt or understood: The meaning finally sank in.
- To cause to descend beneath the surface or to the bottom of a liquid: sink a ship.
- a. To cause to penetrate deeply: He sank his sword into the dragon's belly.b. To force into the ground: sink a piling.c. To dig or drill (a mine or well) in the earth.d. To cause to drop or lower: sank the bucket into the well.e. Sports To propel (a ball or shot) into a hole, basket, or pocket.
- To cause to be engrossed: “Frank sank himself in another book” (Patricia Highsmith).
- a. To make weaker, quieter, or less forceful: She sank her voice when the manager walked by.b. To reduce in quantity or worth: The bad news will sink markets around the world.
- To debase the nature of; degrade: The scandal has sunk him in the eyes of many.
- To bring to a low or ruined state; defeat or destroy: Loss of advertising sank the newspaper.
- To suppress or hide: He sank his arrogance and apologized.
- Informal To defeat, as in a game.
- To invest or spend, often without getting a return or adequate value: I've sunk a lot of money into that car.
- To pay off (a debt).
- 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: That city is a sink of corruption.
Origin of sinkMiddle English sinken, from Old English sincan.
(third-person singular simple present sinks, present participle sinking, simple past sank, past participle sunk or sunken)
- (ergative) To descend or submerge (to cause to do so) into a liquid or similar substance.
- A stone sinks in water.
- The sun gradually sank in the west.
- To cause a vessel to sink, generally by making it no longer watertight.
- To push (something) into something.
- The dog sank its teeth into the delivery man's leg.
- The joint will hold tighter if you sink a wood screw through both boards.
- (intransitive, figuratively, of the human heart) To experience apprehension, disappointment, dread, or momentary depression.
- (snooker, pool, billiards, golf) To pot; hit a ball into a pocket or hole
- (figuratively) To cause to decline; to depress or degrade.
- to sink one's reputation
- (slang, archaic) To conceal and appropriate.
- (slang, archaic) To keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore.
- (slang, archaic) To reduce or extinguish by payment.
- to sink the national debt
- (intransitive) To be overwhelmed or depressed; to fail in strength.
- (intransitive) To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height.
- (intransitive) To demean or lower oneself; to do something below one's status, standards, or morals.
- A basin used for holding water for washing
- A drain for carrying off wastewater
- (geology) A sinkhole
- A depression in land where water collects, with no visible outlet
- A heat sink
- A place that absorbs resources or energy
- (baseball) The motion of a sinker pitch
- Jones' has a two-seamer with heavy sink.
- (computing, programming) An object or callback that captures events; event sink
- (graph theory) a destination vertex in a transportation network
- (destination vertex): source
- everything but the kitchen sink
- inks, skin
From Old English sincan, from Proto-Germanic *sinkwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷ- (“to fall, sink”). Compare West Frisian sinke, Low German sinken, Dutch zinken, German sinken, Danish synke, Swedish sjunka.