verb (used without object), sank or, often, sunk; sunk or sunk·en; sink·ing.
verb (used with object), sank or, often, sunk; sunk or sunk·en; sink·ing.
- to throw, shoot, hit, or propel (a ball) so that it goes through or into the basket, hole, pocket, etc.: She sank the 10 ball into the side pocket.
- to execute (a stroke or throw) so that the ball goes through or into the basket, hole, pocket, etc.: to sink a putt; to sink a free throw.
Origin of sink
Examples from the Web for sank
Contemporary Examples of sank
It leaves the impression that the airplane hit the water and sank whole.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Earlier translations of a handful of the books, known as the SAS series in France, sank without a trace in the United States.This Sexy Thriller Is Just the Document the Benghazi Commission Needs
September 15, 2014
In the years following World War II, Estonia sank into the shadows of the U.S.S.R., struggling with a failing tourism industry.The KGB Welcomes You to Estonia’s Hotel Viru. Please Mind the Hidden Bugs
July 31, 2014
Joel sank into the couch, smiling, while Ethan threw a balled-up eraser against the wall and laughed.The Stacks: The Day ‘The Big Lebowski’ Came to Life
July 26, 2014
In April last year, he sank his teeth into a Serbian player, Branislav Ivanovic, in the Premier League.Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s Notorious Soccer Vampire, Strikes Again—Biting Italian in World Cup Win
June 24, 2014
Historical Examples of sank
Aspasia sank on the couch, and bowed her head upon her hands.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
All started at speed to meet her, but presently Mrs. Raymount sank on the grass.Weighed and Wanting
Gilder made a gesture of irritation, as he sank into the chair at his desk.Within the Law
Measured by this new glance, so clear, so appraising, he sank back into his chair.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He sank down in the soft snow at Younger Brother's shoulder.The Trail Book
verb sinks, sinking, sank, sunk or sunken
- to invest (money)
- to lose (money) in an unwise or unfortunate investment
Word Origin for sink
past tense of sink (q.v.).
Old English sincan (intransitive) "become submerged, go under, subside" (past tense sanc, past participle suncen), from Proto-Germanic *senkwanan (cf. Old Saxon sinkan, Old Norse sökkva, Middle Dutch sinken, Dutch zinken, Old High German sinkan, German sinken, Gothic sigqan), from PIE root *sengw- "to sink."
The transitive use (mid-13c.) supplanted Middle English sench (cf. drink/drench) which died out 14c. Related: Sank; sunk; sinking. Sinking fund is from 1724. Adjective phrase sink or swim is from 1660s. To sink without a trace is World War I military jargon, translating German spurlos versenkt.
early 15c., "cesspool, pit for reception of wastewater or sewage," from sink (v.). Figurative sense of "place where corruption and vice abound" is from 1520s. Meaning "drain for carrying water to a sink" is from late 15c. Sense of "shallow basin (especially in a kitchen) with a drainpipe for carrying off dirty water" first recorded 1560s. In science and technical use, "place where heat or other energy is removed from a system" (opposite of source), from 1855.
- See playa.
- See sinkhole.
- A circular depression on the flank of a volcano, caused by the collapse of a volcanic wall.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sink
- sink in
- sinking feeling, a
- sink one's teeth into
- sink or swim
- sink through the floor
- desert a sinking ship
- enough to sink a ship
- everything but the kitchen sink
- heart sinks