Sink

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English

Verb

Sink (third-person singular simple present sinks, present participle sinking, simple past sank, past participle sunk or sunken)

  1. (intransitive) to descend into a liquid or other substance or material
  2. (transitive) to submerge (something) in a liquid or other substance or material
  3. (transitive) to cause (a ship, etc) to sink
  4. (transitive) to push (something) into something
    • The dog sank its teeth into the delivery man's leg.
    • The joint will hold tighter if you sink a wood screw through both boards.
  5. (intransitive) Describing metaphorically the experience of apprehension, disappointment, or momentary depression as felt via an internal human organ (usually the heart)
    • 1897, Bram Stoker , Dracula Chapter 21
      I tried, but I could not wake him. This caused me a great fear, and I looked around terrified. Then indeed, my heart sank within me. Beside the bed, as if he had stepped out of the mist, or rather as if the mist had turned into his figure, for it had entirely disappeared, stood a tall, thin man, all in black.
    • 1915 Burgess, Thronton W., The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston; ch. XIX:
      Peter's heart sank. "Don't you think it is dreadful?" he asked.
  6. (snooker, pool, billiards, golf) to pot; hit a ball into a pocket or hole
    • 2008, Edward Keating , The Joy of Ex: A Novel
      She whips me in the first game of pool, I do not even get a shot. Eight-balled from the break.
      “Have you been practising?” I ask my sister.
      “Some,” she says, “play again?”
      “One more.”
      My sister beats me at pool in public a second time. I claim some dignity back by potting two of my balls before Tammy sinks the black.

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File:Bathroom sink.jpg
a bathroom sink (basin for holding water)
Sink (plural Sinks)
  1. A basin used for holding water for washing
  2. A sinkhole
  3. A depression in land where water collects, with no visible outlet
  4. A heat sink
  5. A place that absorbs resources or energy
  6. (baseball) The motion of a sinker pitch
    Jones' has a two-seamer with heavy sink.
  7. (computing, programming) An object or callback that captures events; event sink

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Etymology

From Old English sincan, from Proto-Germanic *sinkwanan, from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷ- (to fall, sink).

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Estonian

Noun

Sink

  1. ham

Icelandic

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Sink

  1. zinc (element)


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Norwegian

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Sink

  1. zinc (element)



West Frisian

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Sink

  1. First-person singular of sinke in the present tense
  2. Imperative of sinke