Sink

Definition of Sink

Pronunciation: sĭņk
v. i.1.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.
[imp. Sunk (sŭņk), or (Sank (săņk)); p. p. Sunk (obs. Sunken, - now used as adj.); p. pr. & vb. n. Sinking.]
I sink in deep mire.
- Ps. lxix. 2.
2.To enter deeply; to fall or retire beneath or below the surface; to penetrate.
The stone sunk into his forehead.
- 1 San. xvii. 49.
3.Hence, to enter so as to make an abiding impression; to enter completely.
Let these sayings sink down into your ears.
- Luke ix. 44.
4.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.
I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.
- Shak.
He sunk down in his chariot.
- 2 Kings ix. 24.
Let not the fire sink or slacken.
- Mortimer.
5.To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height.
The Alps and Pyreneans sink before him.
- Addison.
v. t.1.To cause to sink; to put under water; to immerse or submerge in a fluid; as, to sink a ship.
[The Athenians] fell upon the wings and sank a single ship.
- Jowett (Thucyd.).
2.Figuratively: To cause to decline; to depress; to degrade; hence, to ruin irretrievably; to destroy, as by drowping; as, to sink one's reputation.
I raise of sink, imprison or set free.
- Prior.
If I have a conscience, let it sink me.
- Shak.
Thy cruel and unnatural lust of power
Has sunk thy father more than all his years.
- Rowe.
3.To make (a depression) by digging, delving, or cutting, etc.; as, to sink a pit or a well; to sink a die.
4.To bring low; to reduce in quantity; to waste.
You sunk the river repeated draughts.
- Addison.
5.To conseal and appropriate.
If sent with ready money to buy anything, and you happen to be out of pocket, sink the money, and take up the goods on account.
- Swift.
6.To keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore.
A courtly willingness to sink obnoxious truths.
- Robertson.
7.To reduce or extinguish by payment; as, to sink the national debt.
n.1.A drain to carry off filthy water; a jakes.
2.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.
3.A hole or low place in land or rock, where waters sink and are lost; - called also sink hole.
4.The lowest part of a natural hollow or closed basin whence the water of one or more streams escapes by evaporation; as, the sink of the Humboldt River.
Sink hole
a - The opening to a sink drain
b - A cesspool
c - Same as Sink, n., 3.

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