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Definition 1: plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe - [noun denoting artifact]

(sink is a kind of ...) a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building

(... is a kind of sink ) a sink in a kitchen

(... is a kind of sink ) a bathroom sink that is permanently installed and connected to a water supply and drainpipe; where you can wash your hands and face

"he ran some water in the basin and splashed it on his face"

(sink is a part of ...) a filter in a sink drain; traps debris but passes water

Definition 2: a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) an artificial reservoir for storing liquids; especially an underground tank for storing rainwater

Definition 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 - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) a sunken or depressed geological formation

Definition 4: (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system - [noun denoting process]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide

(sink is a kind of ...) a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

"the action of natural forces" "volcanic activity"

(... is a kind of sink ) a metal conductor specially designed to conduct (and radiate) heat

(sink belongs to category ...) the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems

"he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study"

Definition 5: fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly - [verb of change]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The real estate market fell off

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) go down in value

"Stock prices dropped"

(sink has a similar meaning as ...) fall or descend to a lower place or level

"He sank to his knees"

Definition 6: embed deeply - [verb of contact]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) fix or set securely or deeply

"He planted a knee in the back of his opponent" "The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum"

(... is a kind of sink ) insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)

Definition 7: go under - [verb of motion]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The raft sank and its occupants drowned

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

"The temperature is going down" "The barometer is falling" "The curtain fell on the diva" "Her hand went up and then fell again"

(... is a kind of sink ) sink down or precipitate

"the mud subsides when the waters become calm"

(... is a kind of sink ) sink below the surface

(... is a kind of sink ) sink below the surface; go under or as if under water

(sink has a similar meaning as ...) cause to sink

"The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor"

Definition 8: fall or descend to a lower place or level - [verb of motion]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He sank to his knees

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) undergo a change in bodily posture

(... is a kind of sink ) open involuntarily

"His mouth dropped open" "Her jaw dropped"

(... is a kind of sink ) droop, sink, or settle from or as if from pressure or loss of tautness

(... is a kind of sink ) cause to sag

"The children sagged their bottoms down even more comfortably"

(sink has a similar meaning as ...) fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly

"The real estate market fell off"

(sink has a similar meaning as ...) let fall to the ground

"Don't drop the dishes"

Definition 9: cause to sink - [verb of motion]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor

(sink is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of sink ) cause to become clear by forming a sediment (of liquids)

(sink has a similar meaning as ...) go under

"The raft sank and its occupants drowned"

Definition 10: fall or sink heavily - [verb of motion]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He slumped onto the couch
  • My spirits sank

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) break down, literally or metaphorically

"The wall collapsed" "The business collapsed" "The dam broke" "The roof collapsed" "The wall gave in" "The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"

Definition 11: appear to move downward - [verb of motion]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) go down

"The roof declines here"

(... is a kind of sink ) sink to a lower level or form a depression

"the valleys subside"

Definition 12: descend into or as if into some soft substance or place - [verb of motion]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He sank into bed
  • She subsided into the chair

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

"The temperature is going down" "The barometer is falling" "The curtain fell on the diva" "Her hand went up and then fell again"

Definition 13: pass into a specified state or condition - [verb of motion]

Samples where sink or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He sank into nirvana

Synonyms for sink in the sense of this definition

(sink is a kind of ...) go or proceed from one point to another

"the debate moved from family values to the economy"

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