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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  • sunken — [suŋ′kən] vi., vt. obs. pp. of SINK adj. 1. submerged [a sunken ship] 2. below the level of the surrounding or adjoining area [a sunken patio] 3. fallen in; hollow [sunken cheeks] 4. depressed; dejected …   English World dictionary

  • Sunken — Sunk en, a. Lying on the bottom of a river or other water; sunk. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sunken — [adj] depressed, hollowed; submerged buried, caved in, concave, fallen in, immersed, indented, recessed; concept 490 …   New thesaurus

  • sunken — past participle of SINK(Cf. ↑sink). ► ADJECTIVE 1) having sunk. 2) at a lower level than the surrounding area. 3) (of a person s eyes or cheeks) deeply recessed …   English terms dictionary

  • sunken — [[t]sʌ̱ŋkən[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n Sunken ships have sunk to the bottom of a sea, ocean, or lake. The sunken sailing boat was a glimmer of white on the bottom... Try diving for sunken treasure. 2) ADJ: ADJ n Sunken gardens, roads, or other features… …   English dictionary

  • sunken — sunk|en [ˈsʌŋkən] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: From an old past participle of sink] 1.) [only before noun] having fallen to the bottom of the sea, a lake, or a river ▪ the wrecks of sunken ships ▪ sunken treasure 2.) sunken cheeks/eyes etc… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sunken — adjective 1 (only before noun) having fallen to the bottom of the sea: a sunken ship | sunken treasure 2 (only before noun) built or placed at a lower level than the surrounding floor, ground etc: a sunken bath | a sunken garden 3 sunken… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sunken — sunk|en [ sʌŋkən ] adjective only before noun 1. ) lying at the bottom of the ocean: sunken treasure sunken ships 2. ) lower than the level of the surrounding land or floor: a sunken bath/garden 3. ) sunken eyes or cheeks curve inward, often… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sunken — UK [ˈsʌŋkən] / US adjective [only before noun] 1) lying at the bottom of the sea sunken ships sunken treasure 2) lower than the level of the surrounding land or floor a sunken bath/garden 3) sunken eyes or cheeks curve inwards, often showing that …   English dictionary

  • sunken — adjective Etymology: Middle English sonkyn, past participle of sinken to sink Date: 14th century 1. submerged; especially lying at the bottom of a body of water 2. a. hollow, recessed < sunken cheeks > b. lying in a depression < a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sunken — /sung keuhn/, adj. 1. having sunk or been sunk beneath the surface; submerged. 2. having settled to a lower level, as walls. 3. situated or lying on a lower level: a sunken living room. 4. hollow; depressed: sunken cheeks. v. 5. Obs. a pp. of… …   Universalium

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