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[singk-hohl] /ˈsɪŋkˌhoʊl/
a hole formed in soluble rock by the action of water, serving to conduct surface water to an underground passage.
Also called sink. a depressed area in which waste or drainage collects.
Origin of sinkhole
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at sink, hole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mr. Arnold attempted to dig a well in a depression, a sinkhole, in the prairie.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • Go down to sinkhole yourself, if you're so anxious about that camp.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • They may seem a month if you pass them in jail, or in waiting for some great event,—or at sinkhole Camp, down near the Border.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • I want you to catch up a couple of horses and go on down to sinkhole.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
  • It would be convenient to have Johnny down at sinkhole Camp, shirking his job while he fiddled around with his flying bug.

    Skyrider B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for sinkhole


Also called (esp Brit) swallow hole. a depression in the ground surface, esp in limestone, where a surface stream disappears underground
a place into which foul matter runs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sinkhole

also sink-hole, mid-15c., "sewage pit," from sink (n.) + hole (n.). As a geological phenomenon, "hole made in the earth in limestone regions by underground erosion," 1780, from sink (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sinkhole in Science
A natural depression in a land surface formed by the dissolution and collapse of a cavern roof. Sinkholes are roughly funnel-shaped and on the order of tens of meters in size. They generally occur in limestone regions and are connected to subteranean passages. Also called sink. See more at karst topography.
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