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SINK (sank, sunk, sunken)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sink mean? 

SINK (noun)
  The noun SINK has 4 senses:

1. plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe
2. (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system
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
4. a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it

  Familiarity information: SINK used as a noun is uncommon.


SINK (verb)
  The verb SINK has 9 senses:

1. fall or drop to a lower place or level
2. cause to sink
3. pass into a specified state or condition
4. go under,
5. descend into or as if into some soft substance or place
6. appear to move downward
7. fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly
8. fall or sink heavily
9. embed deeply

  Familiarity information: SINK used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


SINK (noun)


Sense 1sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("sink" is a kind of...):

plumbing fixture (a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building)

Meronyms (parts of "sink"):

drain basket (a filter in a sink drain; traps debris but passes water)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sink"):

kitchen sink (a sink in a kitchen)

basin; lavatory; washbasin; washbowl; washstand (a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face)


Sense 2sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Context example:

the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide

Hypernyms ("sink" is a kind of...):

action; activity; natural action; natural process (a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings))

Domain category:

applied science; engineering; engineering science; technology (the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sink"):

heat sink (a metal conductor specially designed to conduct (and radiate) heat)

Antonym:

source ((technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system)


Sense 3sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

sinkhole; swallow hole; sink

Hypernyms ("sink" is a kind of...):

depression; natural depression (a sunken or depressed geological formation)


Sense 4sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cesspit; cesspool; sump; sink

Hypernyms ("sink" is a kind of...):

cistern (an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater)


SINK (verb)


Sense 1sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall or drop to a lower place or level

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

drop down; sink; drop

Context example:

He sank to his knees

Hypernyms (to "sink" is one way to...):

change posture (undergo a change in bodily posture)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sink"):

sag; sag down (cause to sag)

droop; flag; sag; swag (droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness)

drop open; fall open (open involuntarily)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 2sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to sink

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor

Hypernyms (to "sink" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Cause:

go down; go under; settle; sink (go under,)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sink"):

settle (cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The men sink the boat


Sense 3sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass into a specified state or condition

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

lapse; sink; pass

Context example:

He sank into Nirvana

Hypernyms (to "sink" is one way to...):

move (go or proceed from one point to another)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go under,

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

go under; go down; sink; settle

Context example:

The raft sank and its occupants drowned

Hypernyms (to "sink" is one way to...):

come down; descend; fall; go down (move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sink"):

settle; subside (sink down or precipitate)

founder (sink below the surface)

submerge; submerse (sink below the surface; go under or as if under water)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

They sink

Antonym:

float (be afloat; stay on a liquid surface; not sink)

Also:

sink in (pass through)


Sense 5sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Descend into or as if into some soft substance or place

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

subside; sink

Context examples:

He sank into bed / She subsided into the chair

Hypernyms (to "sink" is one way to...):

come down; descend; fall; go down (move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 6sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appear to move downward

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

sink; dip

Context examples:

The sun dipped below the horizon / The setting sun sank below the tree line

Hypernyms (to "sink" is one way to...):

decline (go down)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sink"):

subside (sink to a lower level or form a depression)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 7sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

fall off; slump; sink

Context example:

The real estate market fell off

Hypernyms (to "sink" is one way to...):

drop (go down in value)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 8sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fall or sink heavily

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

slide down; slump; sink

Context examples:

He slumped onto the couch / My spirits sank

Hypernyms (to "sink" is one way to...):

break; cave in; collapse; fall in; founder; give; give way (break down, literally or metaphorically)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 9sink [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Embed deeply

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

bury; sink

Context examples:

She sank her fingers into the soft sand / He buried his head in her lap

Hypernyms (to "sink" is one way to...):

embed; engraft; imbed; implant; plant (fix or set securely or deeply)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sink"):

countersink; set (insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


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