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1 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]


1 fall or drop to a lower place or level; "He sank to his knees" [syn: drop, drop down]
2 cause to sink; "The Japanese sank American ships in Pearl Harbor"
3 pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into Nirvana" [syn: pass, lapse]
4 go under, "The raft sank and its occupants drowned" [syn: settle, go down, go under] [ant: float]
5 descend into or as if into some soft substance or place; "He sank into bed"; "She subsided into the chair" [syn: subside]
6 appear to move downward; "The sun dipped below the horizon"; "The setting sun sank below the tree line" [syn: dip]
7 fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly; "The real estate market fell off" [syn: slump, fall off]
8 fall or sink heavily; "He slumped onto the couch"; "My spirits sank" [syn: slump, slide down]
9 embed deeply; "She sank her fingers into the soft sand"; "He buried his head in her lap" [syn: bury] [also: sunken, sunk, sank]sank See sink

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  1. simple past of sink
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