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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sink  \Sink\,  v.  i.  [imp.  {Sunk},  or  ({Sank});  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. 
  3.  Hence  to  enter  so  as  to  make  an  abiding  impression;  to 
  enter  completely. 
  Let  these  sayings  sink  down  into  your  ears.  --Luke 
  ix  44. 
  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 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sinking  \Sink"ing\, 
  a.  &  n.  from  {Sink}. 
  {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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  descent  as  through  liquid  (especially  through  water); 
  "they  still  talk  about  the  sinking  of  the  Titanic" 
  2:  a  slow  fall  or  decline  (as  for  lack  of  strength);  "after 
  several  hours  of  sinking  an  unexpected  rally  rescued  the 
  market";  "he  could  not  control  the  sinking  of  his  legs" 
  3:  a  feeling  caused  by  uneasiness  or  apprehension;  "with  a 
  sinking  heart";  "a  sinking  feeling  in  the  pit  of  my 
  stomach"  [syn:  {sinking  feeling}] 

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