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Meaning & Definition of Sink in English

English

Sink

/sɪŋk/

noun

1. Plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe

    synonym:
  • sink

2. (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system

  • "The ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide"
    synonym:
  • sink

3. A depression in the ground communicating with a subterranean passage (especially in limestone) and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof

    synonym:
  • sinkhole
  • ,
  • sink
  • ,
  • swallow hole

4. A covered cistern

  • Waste water and sewage flow into it
    synonym:
  • cesspool
  • ,
  • cesspit
  • ,
  • sink
  • ,
  • sump

verb

1. Fall or descend to a lower place or level

  • "He sank to his knees"
    synonym:
  • sink
  • ,
  • drop
  • ,
  • drop down

2. Cause to sink

  • "The japanese sank american ships in pearl harbor"
    synonym:
  • sink

3. Pass into a specified state or condition

  • "He sank into nirvana"
    synonym:
  • sink
  • ,
  • pass
  • ,
  • lapse

4. Go under, "the raft sank and its occupants drowned"

    synonym:
  • sink
  • ,
  • settle
  • ,
  • go down
  • ,
  • go under

5. Descend into or as if into some soft substance or place

  • "He sank into bed"
  • "She subsided into the chair"
    synonym:
  • sink
  • ,
  • subside

6. Appear to move downward

  • "The sun dipped below the horizon"
  • "The setting sun sank below the tree line"
    synonym:
  • dip
  • ,
  • sink

7. Fall heavily or suddenly

  • Decline markedly
  • "The real estate market fell off"
    synonym:
  • slump
  • ,
  • fall off
  • ,
  • sink

8. Fall or sink heavily

  • "He slumped onto the couch"
  • "My spirits sank"
    synonym:
  • slump
  • ,
  • slide down
  • ,
  • sink

9. Embed deeply

  • "She sank her fingers into the soft sand"
  • "He buried his head in her lap"
    synonym:
  • bury
  • ,
  • sink

Examples of using

The sink was full, so I left the plate on the countertop.
Above the sink are several whisky bottles.
The bathroom sink is plugged.