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
Meanwhile, Russia is sinking ever deeper into its economic morass.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As Democrats mutter privately that their Senate majority is sinking beneath the waves, their leadership has sent out an SOS.
The U.S. and Russia are sinking billions into nuclear-capable bombers, missiles, and submarines.
And you go on this boat because of all the hype and the commotion around it, and the boat is sinking.
Priebus derided the rollout of her new book, Hard Choices, and claimed her poll numbers are sinking.
It was a lovely evening, very clear and cool, and twilight was sinking upon the scene.
The very weight of accumulating strata may either have aided or actually caused the sinking of the long, relatively narrow trough.Geology|William J. Miller
And from that moment a new hope commenced for America, and a new inspiration was to bring to sudden buoyancy a sinking cause.
The last glorious fragment of the sinking sun fled, and darkness came creeping swiftly over the sea.The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 2 of 3|William Clark Russell
How many a heart, sinking under its bitter burden of care, is reawakened to hope by that first spring day of brightness!Verner's Pride|Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for sinking (1 of 2)
- a feeling in the stomach caused by hunger or uneasiness
- (as modifier)a sinking feeling
British Dictionary definitions for sinking (2 of 2)
verb sinks, sinking, sank, sunk or sunken
- to invest (money)
- to lose (money) in an unwise or unfortunate investment
Derived Formssinkable, adjective
Word Origin for sink
Science definitions for sinking
- 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 sinking
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