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 sinking
Contemporary Examples of sinking
Meanwhile, Russia is sinking ever deeper into its economic morass.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug
December 18, 2014
As Democrats mutter privately that their Senate majority is sinking beneath the waves, their leadership has sent out an SOS.The Only Way for Democrats to Win
October 24, 2014
The U.S. and Russia are sinking billions into nuclear-capable bombers, missiles, and submarines.US & Russia Re-Arming for a New Cold War
September 30, 2014
And you go on this boat because of all the hype and the commotion around it, and the boat is sinking.Can Linda Perry Save Music?
July 16, 2014
Priebus derided the rollout of her new book, Hard Choices, and claimed her poll numbers are sinking.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: June 15
June 15, 2014
Historical Examples of sinking
I will cause the axe in the act of sinking to do away his sin.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
"I was in a hurry to get back to camp," grinned Chip, sinking into a chair.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Sinking my voice to a whisper, I said: "Tell me what you have seen in my eyes, Rima?"Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
From the outer edges of this mass men were sinking to the ground.In the Valley
She was just sinking to sleep, when she thought she heard the faint sound of a bell.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- a feeling in the stomach caused by hunger or uneasiness
- (as modifier)a sinking feeling
verb sinks, sinking, sank, sunk or sunken
- to invest (money)
- to lose (money) in an unwise or unfortunate investment
Word Origin for sink
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