Sink Sink (s[i^][ng]k), v. i. [imp. {Sunk} (s[u^][ng]k), or ({Sank} (s[a^][ng]k)); p. p. {Sunk} (obs. {Sunken}, -- now used as adj.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sinking}.] [OE. sinken, AS. sincan; akin to D. zinken, OS. sincan, G. sinken, Icel. s["o]kkva, Dan. synke, Sw. sjunka, Goth. siggan, and probably to E. silt. Cf. {Silt}.] 1. To fall by, or as by, the force of gravity; to descend lower and lower; to decline gradually; to subside; as, a stone sinks in water; waves rise and sink; the sun sinks in the west. [1913 Webster]

I sink in deep mire. --Ps. lxix. 2. [1913 Webster]

2. To enter deeply; to fall or retire beneath or below the surface; to penetrate. [1913 Webster]

The stone sunk into his forehead. --1 San. xvii. 49. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, to enter so as to make an abiding impression; to enter completely. [1913 Webster]

Let these sayings sink down into your ears. --Luke ix. 44. [1913 Webster]

4. To be overwhelmed or depressed; to fall slowly, as so the ground, from weakness or from an overburden; to fail in strength; to decline; to decay; to decrease. [1913 Webster]

I think our country sinks beneath the yoke. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He sunk down in his chariot. --2 Kings ix. 24. [1913 Webster]

Let not the fire sink or slacken. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

5. To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height. [1913 Webster]

The Alps and Pyreneans sink before him. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To fall; subside; drop; droop; lower; decline; decay; decrease; lessen. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Sink — (spr. schínk, auch Nagy S., deutsch: Groß Schenk), Großgemeinde im ungar. Komitat Groß Kokel (Siebenbürgen), mit Ackerbau, Hanfindustrie und (1901) 2534 deutschen (Sachsen) und rumänischen (meist evangelischen und griechisch orient.) Einwohnern.… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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