(Sin`is*tror"sal) a. [L. sinistrorsus, sinistroversus, turned toward the left side; sinister left +
vertere, vortere, versum, vorsum, to turn.] Rising spirally from right to left (of the spectator); sinistrorse.
(Sin"is*trorse`) a. [See Sinistrolsal.] Turning to the left (of the spectator) in the ascending
line; the opposite of dextrorse. See Dextrorse.
(Sin"is*trous) a. [See Sinister.]
1. Being on the left side; inclined to the left; sinistral. "Sinistrous gravity." Sir T. Browne.
2. Wrong; absurd; perverse.
A knave or fool can do no harm, even by the most sinistrous and absurd choice.Bentley.
1. In a sinistrous manner; perversely; wrongly; unluckily.
2. With a tendency to use the left hand.
Many, in their infancy, are sinistrously disposed, and divers continue all their life left-handed.Sir T.
(Sink) v. i. [imp. Sank (sa&nsmk)); 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. sökkva,
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.
I sink in deep mire.Ps. lxix. 2.
2. To enter deeply; to fall or retire beneath or below the surface; to penetrate.
The stone sunk into his forehead.1 San. xvii. 49.
3. Hence, to enter so as to make an abiding impression; to enter completely.
Let these sayings sink down into your ears.Luke ix. 44.
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.
I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.Shak.
He sunk down in his chariot.2 Kings ix. 24.
Let not the fire sink or slacken.Mortimer.
5. To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height.
The Alps and Pyreneans sink before him.Addison.
Syn. To fall; subside; drop; droop; lower; decline; decay; decrease; lessen.
(Sink), v. t.