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.
- to bite deeply or vigorously.
- to do or enter into with great enthusiasm, concentration, conviction, etc.: to sink my teeth into solving the problem.
Origin of sink
Examples from the Web for sink
Within a matter of hours, the vessel that Mooney had crafted began to sink.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And lo and behold, she was determined to sink the mining industry, and we were determined to fight for our community.‘Pride’: The Feel-Good Movie of the Year, and the Film Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Want You to See|Marlow Stern|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I was stuck between the sink and the stove, which I thought was fantastic!Julianna Margulies's Favorite 'The Good Wife' Scenes|Julianna Margulies|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead they often sink in silence, bodies and all, to the bottom of the sea.
When the verdict came through, he said, “It took a moment to sink in but I felt gutted, absolutely gutted.”Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists|Jesse Rosenfeld|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He could sink it to a whisper and still be audible, while in open-air meetings he could easily make himself heard by thousands.Successful Methods of Public Speaking|Grenville Kleiser
A sudden realization that the Englishman might consider her exploit ill-bred caused her to sink back out of sight.Into the Primitive|Robert Ames Bennet
She entered a vast field of ice, and only her ability to sink below the surface enabled her to get through it unharmed.Under the Ocean to the South Pole|Roy Rockwood
We work like sailors executing their last manœuver after the ship has begun to sink.The Kingdom of God is Within You, What is Art|Lyof N. Tolstoi
Shall we grasp at a shadow in the stream, like the dog in the fable, and drop the substance to sink away from us beyond recall?
British Dictionary definitions for sink
verb sinks, sinking, sank, sunk or sunken
- to invest (money)
- to lose (money) in an unwise or unfortunate investment
Word Origin for sink
Science definitions for sink
- See playa.
- See sinkhole.
- A circular depression on the flank of a volcano, caused by the collapse of a volcanic wall.
Idioms and Phrases with sink
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