Definitions for sinksɪŋk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sinksɪŋk(v.)sank; sunk; sunk; sunk•en; sink•ing

  1. (v.i.)to fall, drop, or descend gradually to a lower level or position:

    The ship sank to the bottom of the sea.

  2. to settle or fall gradually:

    The building is sinking.

  3. to fall or collapse slowly from weakness, fatigue, etc.:

    He sank to his knees.

  4. to penetrate or permeate; seep.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. to become engulfed in or gradually enter a state:

    to sink into slumber.

  6. to become deeply absorbed:

    sunk in thought.

  7. to pass or fall into some worse or lower state:

    to sink into poverty.

  8. to decline or deteriorate in quality or worth.

  9. to fail in physical strength or health.

  10. to become discouraged or depressed:

    My heart sank.

  11. to decrease in amount, extent, intensity, etc.

  12. to become lower in volume, tone, or pitch:

    Her voice sank to a whisper.

  13. to slope downward; dip.

  14. to disappear from sight, as below the horizon.

  15. to become or appear concave or hollow, as the cheeks.

  16. (v.t.)to cause to become submerged; force into or below the surface.

    Category: Navy

  17. to cause to fall, drop, or descend gradually.

  18. to cause to penetrate:

    to sink an ax into a tree.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  19. to lower or depress the level of.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  20. to bury or lay in or as if in the ground.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  21. to dig, bore, or excavate (a hole, shaft, well, etc.).

    Category: Civil Engineering

  22. to bring to a worse or lower state or status.

  23. to bring to utter ruin or collapse.

  24. to reduce in amount, extent, intensity, etc.

  25. to lower in volume or pitch.

  26. to suppress; ignore.

  27. to invest with the hope of profit or other return:

    He sank all his energy into the business.

  28. to lose (money) in an investment, enterprise, etc.

  29. to hit or propel (a ball) so that it goes through or into a basket, hole, pocket, etc.

    Category: Sport

  30. sink in,to enter or permeate the mind; become understood:

    I repeated it till the words sank in.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  31. (n.)a basin, usu. connected with a water supply and drainage system, used for washing.

  32. a low-lying, poorly drained area where waters collect and sink into the ground or evaporate.

    Category: Geology

  33. Category: Civil Engineering, Geology

    Ref: sinkhole (def. 2). 2

  34. a place of vice or corruption.

  35. a drain or sewer.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  36. a device or place for disposing of energy within a system, as a power-consuming device in an electrical circuit or a condenser in a steam engine.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  37. any pond or pit for sewage or waste.

    Category: Civil Engineering

Origin of sink:

bef. 1000; (v.) ME; OE sincan, c. OS sincan, OHG sinkan, ON søkkva, Go sigqan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sink(noun)

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

  2. sink(noun)

    (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system

    "the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide"

  3. sinkhole, sink, swallow hole(noun)

    a depression in the ground communicating with a subterranean passage (especially in limestone) and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof

  4. cesspool, cesspit, sink, sump(verb)

    a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it

  5. sink, drop, drop down(verb)

    fall or descend to a lower place or level

    "He sank to his knees"

  6. sink(verb)

    cause to sink

    "The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor"

  7. sink, pass, lapse(verb)

    pass into a specified state or condition

    "He sank into nirvana"

  8. sink, settle, go down, go under(verb)

    go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned"

  9. sink, subside(verb)

    descend into or as if into some soft substance or place

    "He sank into bed"; "She subsided into the chair"

  10. dip, sink(verb)

    appear to move downward

    "The sun dipped below the horizon"; "The setting sun sank below the tree line"

  11. slump, fall off, sink(verb)

    fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly

    "The real estate market fell off"

  12. slump, slide down, sink(verb)

    fall or sink heavily

    "He slumped onto the couch"; "My spirits sank"

  13. bury, sink(verb)

    embed deeply

    "She sank her fingers into the soft sand"; "He buried his head in her lap"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sink(verb)ɪŋk

    to go or make go under the surface of a liquid and fall toward the bottom

    The stone sank to the sandy bottom.; The final torpedo sank the ship.

  2. sinkɪŋk

    to go under the surface of sth soft

    feet sinking into the mud

  3. sinkɪŋk

    (of a person) to move or fall slowly into a sitting or lying position

    She sank back into the pillows.; He sank to his knees, exhausted.

  4. sinkɪŋk

    to decrease in amount or level

    The value of the dollar had sunk even lower.

  5. sinkɪŋk

    to move to a lower position

    The sun was sinking behind the trees.

  6. sinkɪŋk

    to have failed

    If we can't raise more money, we're sunk.

  7. sinkɪŋk

    a feeling that sth bad is happening or will happen

    I had that sinking feeling when you realize something is missing.

  8. sinkɪŋk

    to be in a situation in which you will fail if you do not work hard

    This is the big game, where we'll either sink or swim.

  9. sink(noun)ɪŋk

    the open container that water falls into from a tap

    the kitchen/bathroom sink; Put the glasses in the sink.


  1. sink(Noun)

    A basin used for holding water for washing

  2. sink(Noun)

    A sinkhole

  3. sink(Noun)

    A depression in land where water collects, with no visible outlet

  4. sink(Noun)

    A heat sink

  5. sink(Noun)

    A place that absorbs resources or energy

  6. sink(Noun)

    The motion of a sinker pitch

    Jones' has a two-seamer with heavy sink.

  7. sink(Noun)

    An object or callback that captures events; event sink

  8. sink(Noun)

    a destination vertex in a transportation network

  9. sink(Verb)

    To descend or submerge (or to cause to do so) into a liquid or similar substance.

  10. sink(Verb)

    To cause a vessel to sink, generally by making it no longer watertight.

  11. sink(Verb)

    To push (something) into something.

  12. sink(Verb)

    To experience apprehension, disappointment, dread, or momentary depression.

  13. sink(Verb)

    To pot; hit a ball into a pocket or hole

  14. Origin: From sincan, from sinkwanan, from sengʷ-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sink(verb)

    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

  2. Sink(verb)

    to enter deeply; to fall or retire beneath or below the surface; to penetrate

  3. Sink(verb)

    hence, to enter so as to make an abiding impression; to enter completely

  4. Sink(verb)

    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

  5. Sink(verb)

    to decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height

  6. Sink(verb)

    to cause to sink; to put under water; to immerse or submerge in a fluid; as, to sink a ship

  7. Sink(verb)

    figuratively: To cause to decline; to depress; to degrade; hence, to ruin irretrievably; to destroy, as by drowping; as, to sink one's reputation

  8. Sink(verb)

    to make (a depression) by digging, delving, or cutting, etc.; as, to sink a pit or a well; to sink a die

  9. Sink(verb)

    to bring low; to reduce in quantity; to waste

  10. Sink(verb)

    to conseal and appropriate

  11. Sink(verb)

    to keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore

  12. Sink(verb)

    to reduce or extinguish by payment; as, to sink the national debt

  13. Sink(noun)

    a drain to carry off filthy water; a jakes

  14. Sink(noun)

    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

  15. Sink(noun)

    a hole or low place in land or rock, where waters sink and are lost; -- called also sink hole


  1. Sink

    A sink is a bowl-shaped plumbing fixture used for washing hands, for dishwashing or other purposes. Sinks generally have taps that supply hot and cold water and may include a spray feature to be used for faster rinsing. They also include a drain to remove used water; this drain may itself include a strainer and/or shut-off device and an overflow-prevention device. Sinks may also have an integrated soap dispenser. When a sink becomes stopped-up or clogged, a person will often resort to use a chemical drain cleaner or a plunger, though most professional plumbers will attack the clog with a drain auger.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sink' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4123

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sink' in Nouns Frequency: #2561

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sink' in Verbs Frequency: #545

Anagrams of sink

  1. inks, skin

  2. Inks

Translations for sink

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) go down below the surface of water etc

The torpedo sank the battleship immediately; The ship sank in deep water.

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