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Sank

Sank \Sank\ (s[a^][ng]k), imp. of Sink.

Sank

Sink \Sink\ (s[i^][ng]k), v. i. [imp. Sunk (s[u^][ng]k), or ( Sank (s[a^][ng]k)); 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. s["o]kkva, 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. 4

  4. 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.

WordNet

sink

  1. n. plumbing fixture consisting of a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe

  2. (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system; "the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide" [ant: source]

  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 [syn: sinkhole, swallow hole]

  4. a covered cistern; waste water and sewage flow into it [syn: cesspool, cesspit, sump]

  5. v. fall or drop to a lower place or level; "He sank to his knees" [syn: drop, drop down]

  6. cause to sink; "The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor"

  7. pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into Nirvana" [syn: pass, lapse]

  8. go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned" [syn: settle, go down, go under] [ant: float]

  9. descend into or as if into some soft substance or place; "He sank into bed"; "She subsided into the chair" [syn: subside]

  10. appear to move downward; "The sun dipped below the horizon"; "The setting sun sank below the tree line" [syn: dip]

  11. fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly; "The real estate market fell off" [syn: slump, fall off]

  12. fall or sink heavily; "He slumped onto the couch"; "My spirits sank" [syn: slump, slide down]

  13. embed deeply; "She sank her fingers into the soft sand"; "He buried his head in her lap" [syn: bury]

  14. [also: sunken, sunk, sank]

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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

sank

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And all heard single pure sounds, of varying pitch, that swiftly sank below the level of hearing.
▪ He scanned the newsprint greedily while his teeth sank into the bacon sandwich, the melted margarine dribbling over his fingers.
▪ I sat on the wheelbarrow and sank my teeth into a fresh loaf.
▪ It overturned and sank, killing 84 crew members.
▪ Money center banks, telephone and drug issues gained, while communications equipment, beverage and electrical equipment shares sank.
▪ She sank back again on to the stair.
▪ She sank within minutes, drowning all hands.
▪ While it was on top, it lost some of the bubbles and sank to the bottom again.
Wiktionary

sank

vb. (en-simple past of: sink)

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

sank

past tense of sink (q.v.).