verb (past sank /saŋk/; past participle sunk /sʌŋk/)
- The rock promptly sank below the surface, submerging the hook and its bait.
- It skipped several times before it sunk down below the surface.
- That part became waterlogged, so it sunk below the surface, but didn't lose its ability to float.
- What do you grab onto when the ship is sinking and the waters are closing over your head?
- We kept getting closer and closer to the water as the ship sank.
- The government's response was to distance itself from the tragedy, claiming repeatedly that the boat had sunk in Indonesian waters.
- One Carthaginian sea captain sank his ship rather than let his charts fall into Roman hands.
- Submarines were supposed to surface and give crews time to abandon ship before sinking their vessels.
- So, Ford wants to sink the ship rather than allow the flagship of the Russian sub fleet get into enemy hands.
- Hugh Laurie's intelligence and charm keep this strained romantic comedy from sinking completely.
- As for movies, Blade Runner ran by them, Star Wars failed to shine, and Titanic sank without trace.
- A complex land-swap deal will sink if the city reneges on existing deals.
- Nevertheless, although the movie's self-importance causes the project to take on water, it fails to sink it.
- The bid was finally sunk last weekend when the existing course could not stand up to torrential rain.
- Their public revelation of the deal's contents even before the votes were cast looked very much like a bid to sink a free and open election.
- He has appealed to all doctors to sink their differences and come together in the larger interests of the doctors' community.
- Where village welfare is concerned, these fishermen sink their differences and work together for the overall good of everyone.
- The sheikh also hoped that the leaders will try to sink their differences for the best interest of the movement.
- We were nearing one of Italy's most horrid swamps, and the ground beneath us sank freely underneath our feet.
- It is that time of year when the sun sinks lower in the sky and thoughts of the culturally cognizant turn once again to the 17th Annual Vancouver Fringe Festival.
- In the evenings we gathered on the porch as the sun sank low and watched the animals come in.
- Exhausted, Ben sank into the chair and dropped his head against the bed.
- The attack continued even when the man had sunk to his knees.
- She struggled to get up but failed miserably as she sunk back down.
- Walking was tiresome as his feet sank into the surface by 4 or 5 inches every step.
- As I walked in my feet sank into the thick cream carpet.
- The waves slowly rolled over her feet as they sunk into the wet sand.
- As the Protestant middle classes began to withdraw from Unionist politics, the quality of the candidates sank and the party stagnated.
- Shares in high profile orange juice company Charlie's have sunk 33 percent in value in the past two days.
- Conversely, falling values will see the same line sinking toward the 0 value.
- I lost my independence with my sight and sank into a deep depression for many years.
- Crowds fell and Boothferry Park sank into disrepair.
- Temporarily disoriented and without any immediate answers, on the way toward recovery, she sank into depression.
- The physicians attending the President have announced that he is sinking fast.
- Gaining what we presume is the Alexandra Glacier, we rope up and simul-climb for the next three hours, occasionally sinking an ice screw.
- This smooth and more experienced screwdriver had strengths mine did not, and it sunk the remaining loose screws deep into the wood.
- A hammer might sink a screw, but a screwdriver would be more efficient and effective.
- The dog sinks his teeth into the young man's meatballs.
- There's nothing your native Korean likes better than to sink his teeth into a dog, a reversal of the age-old trend.
- He snaps at her with his sharp teeth and sinks them into her paw.
- According to the pole-vaulting textbook, a pole parallel to the ground is used which is then planted into a box sunk below ground level.
- Ignoring her flailing limbs, and ignoring her desperate screams, Bryan sunk his hand into the bucket, which Christie had dropped only a minute earlier.
- She sank her hands into her pockets.
- In May 1884 C.W. Marsh was sinking a trial shaft hoping to find gold but only found indications of fossils.
- Three shafts had been sunk, the deepest more than forty metres.
- The shaft had been sunk an additional 2,518 feet since the start of the project and now had an inclined depth of 6,818 feet.
- Clarkie sank a ball and snookered Dave but this just made him play with more determination.
- Gray got a snooker, then sank the last red, potted a great black and cleared up to win the frame 54-53 for 8-8.
- What kind of professional pool player doesn't know that you have to sink the black ball last?
- Your best chance for making birdies is to sink some long putts - and avoid the dreaded three-putt.
- We got to the end of the first hole and Warren sank a putt for par.
- Scott was in the same bunker and got out and sank a good putt for a birdie.
- The men were moved to sink their drinks and shuffle to a safer distance.
- They perform in each one, sink a few drinks, and move on.
- The Barbarians skipper Ian Jones will have sunk a few beers last night as the incomparable Kiwi had just played his last game of rugby.
Old English sincan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zinken and German sinken.
Historically, the past tense of sink has been both sank and sunk ( the boat sank; the boat sunk) and the past participle has been both sunk and sunken ( the boat had already sunk; the boat had already sunken). In modern English the past is generally sank and the past participle is sunk, with the form sunken now surviving only as an adjective, as in a sunken garden or sunken cheeks.
a (or that) sinking feeling
- An unpleasant feeling caused by the realization that something unpleasant or undesirable has happened or is about to happen: even to name the sum brought a sinking feeling to her stomachMore example sentences
- She took a step toward Glenn, and with a sinking feeling, I realized she was abandoning me.
- With a sinking feeling, Rue realized Claire had locked the door and it hadn't been her imagination when she heard the click.
- With a sinking feeling, I realized that Angel had not yet told Wesley what Cordelia and I had just revealed.
sink or swim
- Fail or succeed entirely by one’s own efforts: the bank does not leave its newcomers to sink or swim by themselves their businesses can sink or swim on the use of American technologyMore example sentences
- The members of this generation will sink or swim by their own efforts.
- The state is optimistic that if people are faced with sink or swim, they will swim.
- It was sink or swim when we bought Lacken House and Breda qualified as a Sommelier a few years after.
- (Of words or facts) be fully understood or realized: Peter read the letter twice before its meaning sank inMore example sentences
- Maura was about to open her mouth to say more, when his words fully began to sink in.
- The words his father spoke sank in and he realized how close he'd come to being murdered.
- However, reality quickly sinks in as you realize that seconds wasted cost lives.
sink something in/into
- Put money or energy into (something); invest something in: many investors sank their life savings into the company
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- And, contrary to popular belief the Titanic is just as sinkable as any ship out there.
- The sand piles are soft and sinkable.
- When nobody's at home, the empty sinkable house collapses on its hydraulic ram, disappearing from sight into the ground.
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- It is unlikely that rise or sinkage of the island is a major factor.
- No simple explanation can be given to the depths of my domestic sinkage in the last two weeks alone, as exemplified in the following words, spoken last night, to my beloved.
- The defective constructions fail in no time because the water overflowing the wall carries the sand from underneath the wall while receding causing the sinkage of the whole structure.
- A utility room off the kitchen has its own sink unit along with built-in worktops and storage cupboards.
- Caulk small cracks along baseboards, walls, cupboards, and around pipes, sinks, and bathtub fixtures.
- The kitchen has a small sink and some storage units, but needs to be renovated.
- Once again, however, rumours of caves higher on the hillside and far off river sinks abound.
- We had a bloom a couple of years ago in Jervis Bay, NSW so we know that they can be very abundant and in the oceans they're actually the major sink for carbon dioxide.
- The newly formed sprout may function as a sink for the low molecular weight products of starch degradation.
- The marine environment provides a sink for many natural and anthropogenically derived chemicals.
- But in the sink estates and poor areas of Great Britain drugs like this nearly always lead onto harder ones and cause devastating effects little reported.
- Schools in sink estates send more pupils into unemployment than to further or higher education.
- It wants to bring in private firms to compete with sink state schools.
Middle English: from sink1.