Sink Definition

sĭngk
sank, sinking, sinks, sunk
verb
sank, sinking, sinks, sunk
To go beneath the surface of water, deep snow, soft ground, etc. so as to be partly or completely covered.
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To descend to the bottom of a body of water or other liquid.
Found the wreck where it had sunk.
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To go down slowly; fall or descend gradually.
Webster's New World
To become lower in level; diminish in height or depth.
A lake that has sunk three inches.
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To appear to fall or descend.
The sun sinking in the west.
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noun
sinks
A cesspool or sewer.
Webster's New World
Any of various basins, as in a kitchen, connected with a drainpipe and, usually, a water supply.
Webster's New World
A sinkhole.
American Heritage
Any place or thing considered morally filthy or corrupted.
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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.
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A circular depression on the flank of a volcano, caused by the collapse of a volcanic wall.
American Heritage Science

Also known as a receiver, a sink receives an information transfer originated by a transmitter. See also receiver, transceiver, and transmitter.

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idiom
sink (one's) teeth into
  • To undertake an endeavor energetically:

    She sank her teeth into the challenging project.

American Heritage
sink or swim
  • To fail or succeed without alternative.
American Heritage
sink in
  • to be grasped by the mind, esp. with difficulty; be recognized or understood in full
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Other Word Forms of Sink

Noun

Singular:
sink
Plural:
sinks

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Sink

Origin of Sink

  • From Old English sincan, from Proto-Germanic *sinkwanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *sengÊ·- (“to fall, sink"). Compare West Frisian sinke, Low German sinken, Dutch zinken, German sinken, Danish synke, Swedish sjunka.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English sinken from Old English sincan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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