Definition of sinker in English:


Syllabification: sink·er
Pronunciation: /ˈsiNGkər


  • 1A weight used to sink a fishing line or sounding line.
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    • The Cod were playing hard to get and the squid baits had to be just about holding the bottom, so that if you lifted the sinker off the bottom by a few yards, the tide would wash the end rig a few yards further downtide.
    • If the sinker is light, then the flow of the tide can lift your baits twenty or thirty feet away from the bottom and the feeding fish!
    • Another result of human interaction is lead poisoning resulting from ingestion of fishing sinkers.
  • 2 (also sinker ball) Baseball A pitch that drops markedly as it nears home plate.
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    • But I wasn't looking for that pitch because he was now throwing sinkers away.
    • Now he's trying to smooth out his delivery and return the sink to his sinker.
    • Davey is more accurate than he was in the minors, but he might need to aim higher or take some of the sink out of his sinker.
  • 3A type of windsurfing board of insufficient buoyancy to support a person unless moving fast.
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    • In 1981 Jaap beat his own record with 25.2 knots on a new sinker.

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