from The Century Dictionary.

  • Causing to sink, subside, or gradually disappear: as, a sinking weight; causing the sensation of sinking or fainting: as, a sinking apprehension or anxiety.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A falling or settling downward; a subsidence.
  • noun The process of excavating downward through the earth, as in mining, etc.
  • noun In arch., sculp., etc., a depression; a place hollowed out, whether for decoration or to receive some other feature; a socket.
  • noun In joinery:
  • noun An angular groove or rabbet in the corner of a board.
  • noun The operation of making or of finishing rabbets.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a. & n. from sink.
  • See under Fund.
  • (Founding) a riser from which the mold is fed as the casting shrinks. See Riser, n., 4.
  • a pump which can be lowered in a well or a mine shaft as the level of the water sinks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of sink.
  • noun The act or process of sinking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a feeling caused by uneasiness or apprehension
  • noun a descent as through liquid (especially through water)
  • noun a slow fall or decline (as for lack of strength)


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