- sunk fence,
- sunk relief,
- sunken garden,
Origin of sunk
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 sunk
And my beloved Zimbabwe has sunk from a promising beacon into an abyss of greed and dictatorship.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)|Todd Moss|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sunk Kathryn Miles, Outside, February 11 The incredible truth about a ship that never should have sailed.
First-time unemployment claims have sunk to levels not seen since 2008.
One time he stood on the dock of a ship and sunk the ship just to feel what it was like to be on a sinking ship.
By then, a Marine mindset had sunk deep in me, whereas they seemed vulnerable, and understandably so.
His advice, however, sunk deep into my mind, and has often been of singular value to me since.Parker's Second Reader|Richard G. Parker
Then I was conducted to the boilers, a row of ten, sunk underground in the solid rock, below the level of the shrubbery.A Month in Yorkshire|Walter White
His soldiers broke into cheers, but he sternly stopped them, with the advice to wait till the Hartford was sunk.Dewey and Other Naval Commanders|Edward S. Ellis
If all unite to carry this out, small differences of opinion may at once be sunk.Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism|Thomas Inman
Augustine was a wild youth, sunk in vice, and a violent opposer of religion.A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females|Harvey Newcomb
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