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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


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.


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.


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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

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

Narrower (hyponym)countersink, set

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