Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A falling or settling downward; a subsidence.
- n. The process of excavating downward through the earth, as in mining, etc.
- n. In arch., sculp., etc., a depression; a place hollowed out, whether for decoration or to receive some other feature; a socket.
- n. In joinery:
- n. An angular groove or rabbet in the corner of a board.
- n. The operation of making or of finishing rabbets.
- Causing to sink, subside, or gradually disappear: as, a sinking weight; causing the sensation of sinking or fainting: as, a sinking apprehension or anxiety.
- n. In piquet, the manœuver of calling only a part of a combination, so as to conceal the strength of the hand for playing: usually resorted to only when the player knows his adversary has no better call.
- v. present participle of sink.
- n. The act or process of sinking.
GNU Webster's 1913
- a. & n. from sink.
- n. a feeling caused by uneasiness or apprehension
- n. a descent as through liquid (especially through water)
- n. a slow fall or decline (as for lack of strength)
“He took a closer look at the crystal, his expression sinking like a flat tire.”
“In addition, few donors are looking to support what she calls a "sinking ship.”
“If the Republicans and their industry allies are successful in sinking the Byrd Act, another option for reform won't present itself again soon, or at least until the next mine explodes.”
“If the Republicans and their industry allies are successful in sinking the Byrd Act, another option for worker safety reform won”
“If the Republicans and their industry allies are successful in sinking the Byrd Act, another option for worker safety reform won't present itself again soon, or at least until the next mine explodes.”
“As fast as the Obama ship in sinking, does the news media really want what little credibility they currently have to go down with it?”
“He tried to throw himself on his back with the pack underneath, but this resulted in sinking both arms to the shoulders and gave him a foretaste of drowning.”
“Re-aligning your business to make the most of the opportunies while others are sinking is the key.”
“A sinking is one of the worst I encountered when I was in the Coast Guard.”
“That particular problem played a huge role in sinking the Batman franchise, though I guess we should be thankful it did as "The Dark Knight" might never have happened otherwise.”
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