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Definition of Sink


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To enter deeply; to fall or retire beneath or below the surface; to penetrate.
  4. Hence, to enter so as to make an abiding impression; to enter completely.
  5. 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.
  6. To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height.
  7. To cause to sink; to put under water; to immerse or submerge in a fluid; as, to sink a ship.
  8. Figuratively: To cause to decline; to depress; to degrade; hence, to ruin irretrievably; to destroy, as by drowping; as, to sink one's reputation.
  9. To make (a depression) by digging, delving, or cutting, etc.; as, to sink a pit or a well; to sink a die.
  10. To bring low; to reduce in quantity; to waste.
  11. To conseal and appropriate.
  12. To keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore.
  13. To reduce or extinguish by payment; as, to sink the national debt.
  14. A drain to carry off filthy water; a jakes.
  15. 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.
  16. A hole or low place in land or rock, where waters sink and are lost; -- called also sink hole.
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Sink Translations

sink in Dutch is zinken, aan de grond raken
sink in French is enfoncer, enfoncent, tassement, sombrent, forer
sink in Italian is abbassarsi, catinella, abbassarsi, lavello
sink in Latin is subsido, labo, concido
sink in Portuguese is dissipador
sink in Spanish is decrecer, almofia, baja, aflojar