sunken

[ suhng-kuh n ]
/ ˈsʌŋ kən /

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adjective

having sunk or been sunk beneath the surface; submerged.
having settled to a lower level, as walls.
situated or lying on a lower level: a sunken living room.
hollow; depressed: sunken cheeks.

verb

Obsolete. a past participle of sink.

Origin of sunken

1325–75; Middle English, past participle of sinken to sink

OTHER WORDS FROM sunken

half-sunk·en, adjectiveun·sunk·en, adjective

Definition for sunken (2 of 2)

sink
[ singk ]
/ sɪŋk /

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.

noun

Origin of sink

before 1000; (v.) Middle English sinken, Old English sincan; cognate with Dutch zinken, German sinken, Old Norse sǫkkva, Gothic singkwan; (noun) late Middle English: cesspool, derivative of the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM sink

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British Dictionary definitions for sunken (1 of 2)

sunken
/ (ˈsʌŋkən) /

verb

a past participle of sink

adjective

unhealthily hollowsunken cheeks
situated at a lower level than the surrounding or usual one
situated under water; submerged
depressed; lowsunken spirits

British Dictionary definitions for sunken (2 of 2)

sink
/ (sɪŋk) /

verb sinks, sinking, sank, sunk or sunken

noun

adjective

informal (of a housing estate or school) deprived or having low standards of achievement

Derived forms of sink

sinkable, adjective

Word Origin for sink

Old English sincan; related to Old Norse sökkva to sink, Gothic siggan, Old High German sincan, Swedish sjunka
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Science definitions for sunken

sink
[ sĭngk ]

A part of the physical environment, or more generally any physical system, that absorbs some form of matter or energy. For example, a forest acts as a sink for carbon dioxide because it absorbs more of the gas in photosynthesis than it releases in respiration. Coral reefs are a long-lasting sink for carbon, which they sequester in their skeletons in the form of calcium carbonate.
Geology
  1. See playa.
  2. See sinkhole.
  3. A circular depression on the flank of a volcano, caused by the collapse of a volcanic wall.
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Idioms and Phrases with sunken

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

also see:

  • desert a sinking ship
  • enough to sink a ship
  • everything but the kitchen sink
  • heart sinks
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