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English noun: sink

1. sink (artifact) plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe


Broader (hypernym)plumbing fixture


Narrower (hyponym)basin, kitchen sink, lavatory, washbasin, washbowl, washstand


Part holonymdrain basket

2. sink (process) (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system


SamplesThe ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide.


Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process


Narrower (hyponym)heat sink


Domain categoryapplied science, engineering, engineering science, technology


Antonymssource

3. sink (object) a depression in the ground communicating with a subterranean passage (especially in limestone) and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof


Synonymssinkhole, swallow hole


Broader (hypernym)depression, natural depression

4. sink (artifact) a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it


Synonymscesspit, cesspool, sump


Broader (hypernym)cistern


English verb: sink

1. sink (motion) fall or descend to a lower place or level


SamplesHe sank to his knees.


Synonymsdrop, drop down


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change posture


Narrower (hyponym)droop, drop open, fall open, flag, sag, sag, sag down, swag


Verb groupdrop, fall off, sink, slump

2. sink (motion) cause to sink


SamplesThe Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor.


ExamplesThe men sink the boat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)settle


Causego down, go under, settle, sink


Verb groupgo down, go under, settle, sink

3. sink (motion) pass into a specified state or condition


SamplesHe sank into nirvana.


Synonymslapse, pass


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)move

4. sink (motion) go under,


SamplesThe raft sank and its occupants drowned.


ExamplesThey sink


Synonymsgo down, go under, settle


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)come down, descend, fall, go down


Narrower (hyponym)founder, settle, submerge, submerse, subside


Verb groupsink


Antonymsfloat, swim

5. sink (motion) descend into or as if into some soft substance or place


SamplesHe sank into bed.
She subsided into the chair.


Synonymssubside


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)come down, descend, fall, go down

6. sink (motion) appear to move downward


SamplesThe sun dipped below the horizon.
The setting sun sank below the tree line.


Synonymsdip


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)decline


Narrower (hyponym)subside

7. sink (change) fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly


SamplesThe real estate market fell off.


Synonymsfall off, slump


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)drop


Verb groupdrop, drop down, sink

8. sink (motion) fall or sink heavily


SamplesHe slumped onto the couch.
My spirits sank.


Synonymsslide down, slump


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)break, cave in, collapse, fall in, founder, give, give way

9. sink (contact) embed deeply


SamplesShe sank her fingers into the soft sand.
He buried his head in her lap.


Synonymsbury


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)embed, engraft, imbed, implant, plant


Narrower (hyponym)countersink, set









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