What does sink mean?

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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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sink

    singk, v.i. to fall to the bottom: to fall down: to descend lower: to fall gradually: to fall below the surface: to enter deeply: to be impressed: to be overwhelmed: to fail in strength.—v.t. to cause to sink: to put under water: to keep out of sight: to suppress: to degrade: to cause to decline or fall: to plunge into destruction: to make by digging or delving: to pay absolutely: to lower in value or amount: to lessen:—pa.t. sank, sunk; pa.p. sunk, sunk′en.n. a drain to carry off dirty water: a box or vessel connected with a drain for receiving dirty water: an abode of degraded persons: a general receptacle: an area in which a river sinks and disappears: a depression in a stereotype plate: a stage trap-door for shifting scenery: in mining, an excavation less than a shaft.—ns. Sink′er, anything which causes a sinking, esp. a weight fixed to a fishing-line; Sink′-hole, a hole for dirty water to run through; Sink′ing, a subsidence: a depression.—adj. causing to sink.—n. Sink′ing-fund, a fund formed by setting aside income every year to accumulate at interest for the purpose of paying off debt.—adj. Sink′ing-ripe (Shak.), dead-ripe, about to fall off.—n. Sink′room, a scullery. [A.S. sincan; Ger. sinken, Dut. zinken.]

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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 for sink »

  1. inks, skin

  2. Inks

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sink in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sink in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sink in a Sentence

  1. Flip Wilson:

    Loose lips sink ships

  2. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson:

    A day may sink or save a realm.

  3. Young:

    We rise in glory as we sink in pride.

  4. William F. Halsey:

    If I see so much as a sampan, I'll sink it.

  5. Preetha Reddy:

    If they'd only let us in and have it sink in.

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