from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who sinks or digs wells.


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  • Cornish well-sinker, was sentenced by the late Mr. Justice Coleridge to twenty months 'imprisonment for chalking some "blasphemous" words on

    Prisoner for Blasphemy

  • The well-sinker returns to the other workers, who arch their backs, and the load progresses a finger's-breadth towards the point recognized as favourable.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • Sometimes the burrow contains nothing but the well-sinker surprised at its work: sometimes -- and not rarely -- the hermit will be found embracing

    Social Life in the Insect World

  • Envy grows keener; those who but now were cautious become turbulent and aggressive, and would willingly drive from the spring the well-sinker who has caused it to flow.

    Social Life in the Insect World

  • Not only here, but over the whole county of Norfolk, the well-sinker might carry his shaft down many hundred feet without coming to the end of the chalk; and, on the sea-coast, where the waves have pared away the face of the land which breasts them, the scarped faces of the high cliffs are often wholly formed of the same material.

    Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews

  • The poor manufacturer spent hundreds of pounds more in trying to get the sand out, but in vain; and he had at last to make a fresh and much larger well by the side of the old one, bewailing the day when he listened to the well-sinker and not to the geologist, and so threw away more than a thousand pounds.

    Madam How and Lady Why

  • M.. James Smith, [42] of Liverpool -- hereinafter notorified -- attributes the first announcement of 3-1/8 to M. Joseph Lacomme, a French well-sinker, of whom he gives the following account:

    A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)

  • Mr. M----, a miner and well-sinker, about three years ago, lost the power of contracting both his thumbs; the balls or muscles of the thumbs are much emaciated, and remain paralytic.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • In this case, the water percolating through the more elevated ground -- near what may be called the rim -- collects in the lower parts of the strata towards the centre, there forcing its way to the surface, if the upper impervious beds be thin; or, if otherwise, remaining a concealed reservoir, ready to yield its supplies to the shaft or boring-rod of the well-sinker, and sometimes forming a living fountain capable of rising many feet above the surface.

    Farm drainage The Principles, Processes, and Effects of Draining Land with Stones, Wood, Plows, and Open Ditches, and Especially with Tiles

  • The well-sinker laughed at that, and said, "He had no opinion of geologists, and such-like.

    Madam How and Lady Why


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