1. To cause to sink; to put under water; to immerse or submerge in a fluid; as, to sink a ship.
[The Athenians] fell upon the wings and sank a single ship.Jowett
2. Figuratively: To cause to decline; to depress; to degrade; hence, to ruin irretrievably; to destroy, as by
drowping; as, to sink one's reputation.
I raise of sink, imprison or set free.Prior.
If I have a conscience, let it sink me.Shak.
Thy cruel and unnatural lust of powerRowe.
Has sunk thy father more than all his years.
3. To make (a depression) by digging, delving, or cutting, etc.; as, to sink a pit or a well; to sink a die.
4. To bring low; to reduce in quantity; to waste.
You sunk the river repeated draughts.Addison.
5. To conseal and appropriate. [Slang]
If sent with ready money to buy anything, and you happen to be out of pocket, sink the money, and
take up the goods on account.Swift.
6. To keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore.
A courtly willingness to sink obnoxious truths.Robertson.
7. To reduce or extinguish by payment; as, to sink the national debt.
1. A drain to carry off filthy water; a jakes.
2. A shallow box or vessel of wood, stone, iron, or other material, connected with a drain, and used for
receiving filthy water, etc., as in a kitchen.
3. A hole or low place in land or rock, where waters sink and are lost; called also sink hole. [U. S.]
Sink hole. (a) The opening to a sink drain. (b) A cesspool. (c) Same as Sink, n., 3.
Dividing sinker, in knitting machines, a sinker between two jack sinkers and acting alternately with
them. Jack sinker. See under Jack, n. Sinker bar. (a) In knitting machines, a bar to which
one set of the sinkers is attached. (b) In deep well boring, a heavy bar forming a connection between
the lifting rope and the boring tools, above the jars.
(Sink"er) n. One who, or that which, sinks. Specifically: (a) A weight on something, as on a fish
line, to sink it. (b) In knitting machines, one of the thin plates, blades, or other devices, that depress
the loops upon or between the needles.
Sinking fund. See under Fund. Sinking head (Founding), a riser from which the mold is fed as
the casting shrinks. See Riser, n., 4. Sinking pump, a pump which can be lowered in a well or a
mine shaft as the level of the water sinks.
(Sink"ing), a. & n. from Sink.
(Sin"less) a. Free from sin. Piers Plowman.