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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.

Sink Quotations

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
Alan Watts

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.
Benjamin Franklin

My parents, products of the Great Depression, were successful people, but lived in a state of constant fear that my sister and I, and they, would sink into the kind of economic insecurity that their generation knew so well.
Ben Stein

In the last 15 or 20 years, I've watched the British press simply go to hell. There seems to be no limit, no depths to which the tabloids won't sink. I don't know who these people are but they're little pigs.
John le Carre

The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.
Grover Cleveland
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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
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