Meaning of SINK in English

SINK

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a boat sinks

The boat sank in a storm.

be sunk in gloom (= feel very sad and hopeless )

She made several attempts at conversation but the boy was sunk in gloom.

carbon sink

disappear/vanish/sink without (a) trace (= disappear completely, without leaving any sign of what happened )

The plane vanished without a trace.

fall/drop/sink to the floor

He let his cigarette fall to the floor.

kitchen sink drama

sb’s spirits sink (= they start feeling less happy )

His spirits sank at the prospect.

sink your teeth into sth (= put your teeth into someone's flesh, into food etc )

The dog sank its teeth into the boy's hand.

sink/fall/drop to your knees (= move so that you are kneeling )

Tim fell to his knees and started to pray.

sinking fund

sink/slip/slide into oblivion (= fade into oblivion )

It was once a popular game, but it has since sunk into oblivion.

The old machines eventually slid into oblivion.

sink/slump/flop into a chair (= sit down in one in a tired or unhappy way )

Greg groaned and sank into his chair.

sink/vanish beneath the waves

The ship sank beneath the waves.

slide/slip/sink into obscurity (= fade into obscurity )

Many scientific theories are never proved and slip into obscurity.

slip/lapse/fall/sink into a coma (= go into one )

Brett slipped into a coma from which he never awakened.

the sun sinks (= gradually disappears at the end of the day )

The sun sank lower and the breeze grew cool.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

back

I sank back on the bed and started worrying about money.

She sank back again on to the stair.

Cantor sank back in his seat and stared straight ahead through the windshield.

She pushed his shoulder and he sank back against the pillows and closed his eyes.

Then she sank back to her morphine dream.

A few more skulls and monsters groaned their way into visibility and then sank back gratefully into unemployment.

deep

I waited until the fellow turned his back, charged and felt my sword sink deep into his exposed shoulder.

Kiss her and your lips sink deep into her cheeks.

And the Plague's teeth were sunk deep into the remaining members of the community.

She sank deep down again, unable to stay alert, and saw without wanting to a giant Catherine-wheel in the sky.

But down on his belly; soon, his hands were sunk deep in banknotes.

Their eyes were smaller than the males', sunk deep below forehead ridges of vine.

Nevertheless, his cruel words had sunk deep , hitting right at the very heart of her.

Her face was no longer white, but pink, although her eyes were sunk deep still, deep and dark.

deeper

The thought of revenge was tempting, though ... Angel One sank deeper into the luxurious heat of the steaming water.

Shifting to drive, she gunned the engine, and the wheels sank deeper .

Shuffling beside the rough stones I sank deeper into my misery.

Ah, but as the bell sank deeper , the pressure of the air in her grew.

down

As soon as they try to see Agnes's mind it sinks down and up pops Perdita like a seesaw.

Blackpool are riding high in Division Four, while United have slowly sunk down the table.

The big patrol boat cut its engines as it drew level, and the grey-painted military hull sank down into the water.

He sank down on to an unopened packing-case.

A heavy silence sank down on them.

The suggestions of heaviness, reference to lead weights, and the body sinking down under this weight continue throughout the procedure.

When life sank down for a moment, the range of experience seemed limitless ....

fast

As it is, our reputation is sinking fast in the west.

I was sinking fast in the mire of soft money.

Despite pulling the elevator back and the aeroplane changing attitude, it carried on, sinking fast .

With his credit card statements no longer cushioned by company expenses, John found himself sinking fast in financial quicksand.

Mary is also sinking fast , now at the stage of complete alienation from her family.

in

As that fact sank in , more and more people thought of de Gaulle as a potential last resort.

There were other animals that had left tracks on top of the snow, not sinking in at all.

I made him repeat and repeat the lessons until they started to sink in and became easier.

And that news is finally starting to sink in .

If the message didn't sink in on a Sunday a range of weeknight meetings reinforced it.

Some one who gives you advice that you don't want to hear, but it sinks in anyway.

She walked out on to it, her boots sinking in with each step, and left the Katz Motel behind her.

It was in the mid 1840s that the full implications of the potential for the new transport system sank in.

slowly

She was sinking slowly into it.

A car has driven off the small bridge and is slowly sinking in the river.

She dropped her robe on to the stool near by and stepped into the water, sinking slowly down into the warmth.

The sun, a red wheel, was sinking slowly in the west.

Blackpool are riding high in Division Four, while United have slowly sunk down the table.

And so each carboy slowly sank , unnoticed by him.

Its corpse lay at her feet, slowly sinking into the moss and mud.

When the straw soaks up water, the boats slowly sink into the ocean.

to

The marsh was not like water, and the car didn't sink to . he bottom.

I think they sink to as low as they can.

Volume levels sank to below 500 million.

At its best, R Cygni can reach magnitude 6.5, but at minimum it sinks to below 14.

■ NOUN

bed

I sank back on the bed and started worrying about money.

She sank down on the bed with the photograph gripped so tightly in her hands that the paper buckled.

Then she kicked it away and sank on to the bed covering her face with her hands.

She sank on to the bed and closed her eyes, ideas racing through her mind.

Claudia sank down on to her bed and tried to shut her ears to the sound of him in the next room.

Then he lay down on her, his weight sinking her in the bed as if in sand.

He sank on his bed , shaking with great dry sobs.

boat

One of the boats sank after gas cylinders inside exploded.The other was completely burned out.Richard Barnet reports.

Naturally this started everyone wondering about the amount the boat had sunk , and trying to remember the previous watermarks.

Not only that, but his boat was sinking .

The economic tides could rise yet most boats could sink .

When the straw soaks up water, the boats slowly sink into the ocean.

Programme lunch 4.11.93 A fishing boat has sunk overnight in the north sea.

At the height of the storm his boat was shattered and sank , but he succeeded in swimming to shore.

bottom

It was wrapped in netting and sunk to the bottom .

While it was on top, it lost some of the bubbles and sank to the bottom again.

Clamp it between the two parts of an algae magnet and sink it to the bottom of the tank.

You bring the papers up, but the next day they sink to the bottom again.

During dry periods the water evaporates, and the gypsum sinks to the lake bottom .

He might have sunk to the moss-covered bottom of a clear pond where he was resting like a leaf.

Then he was in the hold, chilly waters around his knees as he sank through the bottom of the boat itself.

There was a time I went down like a stone in a pond and sank clear to the bottom .

chair

She returned to her seat and he sank languidly into the chair opposite.

Marge felt herself sinking into the chair she sat in.

When she was free she took him into the office and sank into a chair as though exhausted.

Helen sank down in a chair and waited for her father, who had been due back hours earlier.

Leith sank down into a chair the moment the outer door had closed behind him and discovered that she was trembling.

She went into the drawing-room and sank down into a chair .

He sank into his chair and tried to compose himself.

He sank back into his chair as Pyke and I walked away from the table, and tossed the whisky down his throat.

floor

Marian wanted to sink to the floor and sleep.

Clarence sank to the floor and rested his head against her knees.

Piper O'Rourke sank to the floor , her chest heaving, unable to draw breath.

He sank to the floor exhausted.

But as they sank to the floor , naturally, Jay sensed a tension in Lucy.

So then he sank on to the floor , to make himself as small as possible so that he could wait out the agony.

He fell sharply through the space of the cabin, and was sinking again through its floor .

Left and right hooks followed each other until the frightened tailor sank to the floor .

foot

The moment they stepped on to the moor itself their feet sank almost to the ankle.

Finally she snuck around to the front of the house, feet sinking in the soft dirt.

She saw feet sinking into the thick pile of the new rugs whose abstract patterns evoked the work of contemporary artists.

There was a layer of fine dust: Your feet sank into 3 inches of fine powder, and it was everywhere.

His foot hit home, sinking deep into the little man's belly.

My feet are sinking through the light crust.

Its corpse lay at her feet , slowly sinking into the moss and mud.

ground

The move completed, Paige sank to the ground and rested her head back against the rising bulk of a tree.

Now the tunneling goes by, and my building starts cracking and sinking into the ground .

The insidious cold was once more creeping over George and he sank to the ground benumbed and unwilling to make an effort.

Procris was there and she sank to the ground dead, pierced to the heart.

As we explored the roofless shells of the other buildings we remarked on the way each dwelling was sunk into the ground .

Without warning, the entire Oval Office began whirring and clicking and started to sink beneath the ground .

There are many things to think about before even the first tentative daffodil bulb is sunk into the ground .

Permafrost restricts drainage; melt-water can not sink into the ground and in summer the thin active layer soon becomes waterlogged.

head

Their heads sunk in the feathers against the cold.

I playfully tickled him behind an ear and he lazily turned his head and sank a canine into my thumb.

The Robemaker was standing with his head bowed, sunk in thought.

She simply sat there, her head sunk down.

Her head sank on to her chin and a kind of blank look misted over her eyes.

Her shoulders sank , her head sank.

His head sank through the rough, barnacled wood.

heart

Honor thought she was the most exquisite girl she had ever seen and her heart sank lower than ever.

There was something about a telegram, I got that much, and my heart sank .

As she managed to peer round it her heart sank .

When I first walked on to the base my heart sank .

My heart sank as I looked around.

When he read that, his heart sank .

My heart sank and numbness took over.

But when I saw him, my heart sank .

knee

Then the red mists cleared and she sank to her knees , picking up the pieces, moaning softly.

As the pilgrims passed, peasants who had gathered from the countryside sank to their knees .

Monsignor Delgard sank to his knees , one hand still grasping the top of the lectern.

I dropped my glove and sank to my knees .

He sank to his knees , more from shock than pain.

When the nail finally pulled free, I sank to my knees .

Then she realized she'd forgotten to kneel down when she came in, and blushing, sank to her knees .

With a cry of despair, Ronni sank to her knees and collapsed into tears.

level

And all heard single pure sounds, of varying pitch, that swiftly sank below the level of hearing.

The judge said it had sunk below a sensible level .

Betas must so live, learn, and work that we shall not sink to the cultural level of the Alphas.

But whatever she is guilty of ... she can never sink to your level .

It had sunk to the level of palm-reading.

oblivion

Curling up beneath the window she sank into gorgeous oblivion .

So should we let them sink into oblivion and folklore?

Its decrees sank immediately into oblivion .

Anton Flettner's way of extracting power from the wind presents too many advantages to sink into oblivion .

putt

I just had to sink that last putt .

At last we'd sunk a decent putt .

Background does not come into I wasn't sorry when Steve finally sunk his putt on the eighteenth green.

sea

At last the sun sank into the sea and night arose.

Subsequently, the land sank again, seas flooded back and deposition restarted.

The draining of mental and physical strength which might come from fighting and sinking in a wild sea , physically and spiritually.

seat

She sank back in her seat .

Ritchie passed him the joint, sinking into his seat and exhaling as if trying to calm down.

Schumacher sank back in his seat and downed the tumbler of whisky which had appeared at his side.

Cantor sank back in his seat and stared straight ahead through the windshield.

We sank low in our seats during the week that the people from the equity department spoke.

ship

It was also revealed that Captain Vassilis Yannakis had been in command of at least one other ship that sank .

Jim was not the only white officer on the Patna who deserted the passengers when it seemed that the ship was sinking .

The last ship was sunk five years eight months and four days later.

One day catastrophe hit: His house burned down and all his ships either sank or were captured by pirates.

They have met, and your ships have sunk .

He said seven people drowned when the ship sank while Cermeno and about 80 passengers and crew members watched helplessly from shore.

The news of the fall of Le Mans had convinced him that his father's ship was sinking .

Her name was on his lips when the ship sank and the waters closed over him.

stone

Tears of outrage stung his eyes, and something deeper than humiliation sank like a stone into the pit of his stomach.

In the end, though, it all sank like a stone , save in untypical Essex.

My heart and spirits sank like a stone in a lake.

sun

Then the Sun sank below the rings, so that they framed it with their arches, and the celestial fireworks ceased.

That evening, as the sun sank over the marsh and the sea an odd group gathered in the dusk.

At last the sun sank into the sea and night arose.

The sun was sinking in a red glow, the lights were coming out in Eldercombe Village.

The sun was just sinking behind the dark mountains.

In one dip in the mountains, where the sun has just sunk , there is a red volcanic brilliance.

The second glass arrives as the sun begins to sink .

trace

Early attempts - including putting a ping-pong ball inside a soap bar - sank without trace .

Now that has all been sunk without trace .

Then the shipyards sank without trace , and it was three years on the dole.

But unlike the Titanic, the story of the Tek Sing and its passengers sank without trace .

If he possessed mind-reading powers, she was sunk without a trace .

It was even tried years ago by Olivetti among others, but those products sank without trace .

Seven singles were to be released from the album, all sinking without a trace .

water

She dropped her robe on to the stool near by and stepped into the water , sinking slowly down into the warmth.

And then together, with no warning but carefully, not even rippling the water , they sank .

Many plastics float in water , others sink only slowly when submerged.

The gleam of the candle was clearly visible through the water as the device sank .

well

The group sunk its first exploratory well in late 1987, and work proceeded rapidly.

■ VERB

begin

Ship rescue: Firemen raced to the fish quay in Hartlepool early yesterday after a trawler began to sink .

Its nose went clear to the ground, it shuddered and began to sink .

I couldn't understand what was happening to me and I began to sink deeper and deeper into the pit.

But back in Villa Volkov that night, we began to sink into gloom.

Then they reached the top, the tractor could go no higher, the wheels began to sink .

The importance of that change began to sink in last week.

As the final starbursts exploded above the ferry, the fishing boat was set alight and slowly began to sink .

The second glass arrives as the sun begins to sink .

feel

Lily felt the bed sink as he moved over her.

Marge felt herself sinking into the chair she sat in.

I waited until the fellow turned his back, charged and felt my sword sink deep into his exposed shoulder.

He felt himself sinking into the mud.

Gerald Hussey saw his wife looking at him in triumph and felt his heart sink .

But this was mid-February, and he felt the cold sinking to his ankles as he left the house alone.

Paul felt his heart sink at the sight of them.

I trod on the moist snow and felt myself sinking into Nirvana.

let

He paused to let the demonstration sink in.

She lets her hands sink in the green pond and weave with the water movement.

So should we let them sink into oblivion and folklore?

They'd let them sink down to the bottom and drift there with the long-haired weeds -.

start

I made him repeat and repeat the lessons until they started to sink in and became easier.

Now the tunneling goes by, and my building starts cracking and sinking into the ground.

The sun has started to sink behind the trees now and it's growing cold.

Without warning, the entire Oval Office began whirring and clicking and started to sink beneath the ground.

If you start to sink at Williams, don't expect too many helping hands from the shore.

And that news is finally starting to sink in.

A cross word, a careless omission and the ground beneath our feet turns to quick sand and we start to sink .

The chutes had collapsed across the casing, and already it was starting to sink .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(like) rats leaving the sinking ship

descend/sink to sb's level

Betas must so live, learn, and work that we shall not sink to the cultural level of the Alphas.

But soon after that he descended to an unreachable level .

But whatever she is guilty of ... she can never sink to your level .

Flying over Normandy he descended to ground level to escape the fog and to find his bearings.

However, it is important that we do not descend to their level .

If I use violence I descend to his level .

In particular, coal stocks had sunk to a level below that at which distribution and use could operate efficiently.

Otherwise nothing useful will be achieved and, instead of debate, we shall descend to the level of vulgar slanging matches.

desk/car/sink tidy

everything but the kitchen sink

Burglars broke in and took everything but the kitchen sink.

When my parents come to stay with us, they bring everything but the kitchen sink!

Aunt Hortense: Babsy Hepworth's bronzes, everything but the kitchen sink.

everything but the kitchen sink

Aunt Hortense: Babsy Hepworth's bronzes, everything but the kitchen sink.

sb's heart sinks

My heart just sank when I read Patty's letter.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

As the sun sank lower and lower, the sky first turned pink and then orange.

Fortunately, the sinking barge did not leak any fuel into the harbor.

Gradually, the sun sank below the horizon.

Hundreds of passengers tried desperately to escape from the boat as it sank.

One battleship was sunk and two were badly damaged in last night's fighting.

Pierce sank a 3-point basket two minutes into the game.

She couldn't stand the poverty, seeing people sinking lower and lower, with no ambition.

Submarines were used to sink the enemy's supply ships.

The building's foundations have sunk several inches in recent years.

The first exploratory oil well was sunk in late 1987.

The guns sank deeper and deeper into the mud.

The kids watched as the coin sank to the bottom of the pool.

The price of crude oil could sink even further.

The stock index had sunk 197.92 points by midday.

The sun sank and darkness fell on the island.

There was a sucking noise, and then the branch sank without trace.

Three ships were sunk that night by enemy torpedoes.

With the car sinking into a marsh, there wasn't a moment to spare.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

His heart sank the way it always did when she left him.

Jane put it in and of course it sank.

Kiss her and your lips sink deep into her cheeks.

She sank back again on to the stair.

The kid sank weakly, almost to the ground, grimacing, but did not say a word.

The unsinkable had sunk, and taken with it half of its passengers and crew.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

stainless

Inset single drainer stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps over.

Single drainer stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps and window to side aspect.

Single drainer stainless steel sink unit with drawer and cupboard under.

■ NOUN

kitchen

She was in the middle of wringing the water out of a red rayon skirt she had been washing at the kitchen sink .

Karen was at the kitchen sink .

Both had wash-basins, one of which could be changed to a kitchen sink .

Clean kitchen sink and wipe range surfaces, including the microwave.

Aunt Hortense: Babsy Hepworth's bronzes, everything but the kitchen sink .

What comes next, the kitchen sink ?

The baths, kitchen sink and children's wash basin have conventionally sized traps and wastes.

Washed his face and hands in the kitchen sink , threw away the name of the shipyard foreman.

unit

The cherry red formica-faced sink unit had been given a wash down.

Inset single drainer stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps over.

Kirov felt it with his fingertips and rapped his knuckles against the main body of the sink unit .

Single drainer stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps and window to side aspect.

Single drainer stainless steel sink unit with drawer and cupboard under.

Trapeze sink unit , £3,897 Elegant glossy white units are interspersed with slimline cupboards in light ash.

■ VERB

pour

Whatever the business at hand was, he got on with it, rather as if you poured Draino into a sink .

She stood behind the china cabinet and watched as he poured it down the sink .

Incidence is analogous to water pouring into a sink and outcidence is analogous to water leaving the sink via the plughole.

If it was in a medicine bottle they would pour it down the sink !

put

Well, take your plate into the kitchen and put it into the sink .

For example, she advised Julie to put a small utility sink in the angled island unit.

The other glass, which I guessed had been the constable's, he put in the sink .

Irina picked up some plates from the table and put them in the sink .

I was even planning to find a little electric water-heater to put over the sink .

stand

He ate it standing up by the sink , and deliberately left the little pot on the marble work surface.

He stood at the sink , left shirtsleeve rolled up.

Constance stood awkwardly by the sink .

He stood by the sink , unaware that he was holding his breath.

He took a comb from the pocket of his suit and stood at the sink .

As I was standing before the sink ,, I heard Edusha singing a recently popular song.

She stood at the sink , running the tap to get a glass of cold water and he stood behind her.

He stood at the sink , washing the supper dishes, consumed with plans for her happiness.

wash

She was in the middle of wringing the water out of a red rayon skirt she had been washing at the kitchen sink .

This was a concoction one would throw out in chemistry lab or wash the sinks with after a failed experiment.

He put on his shirt and suggested she should wash herself at the sink .

Take them home and wash them in the sink to bring out their richest color.

They had muddy boots which they kicked against the kitchen step, and muddy hands which they washed at the sink .

You have the choice of cleaning the Discs in position or removing them to wash in the sink .

When she was finished there she hurried back to the kitchen where she washed herself at the sink .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

descend/sink to sb's level

Betas must so live, learn, and work that we shall not sink to the cultural level of the Alphas.

But soon after that he descended to an unreachable level .

But whatever she is guilty of ... she can never sink to your level .

Flying over Normandy he descended to ground level to escape the fog and to find his bearings.

However, it is important that we do not descend to their level .

If I use violence I descend to his level .

In particular, coal stocks had sunk to a level below that at which distribution and use could operate efficiently.

Otherwise nothing useful will be achieved and, instead of debate, we shall descend to the level of vulgar slanging matches.

desk/car/sink tidy

everything but the kitchen sink

Burglars broke in and took everything but the kitchen sink.

When my parents come to stay with us, they bring everything but the kitchen sink!

Aunt Hortense: Babsy Hepworth's bronzes, everything but the kitchen sink.

everything but the kitchen sink

Aunt Hortense: Babsy Hepworth's bronzes, everything but the kitchen sink.

sb's heart sinks

My heart just sank when I read Patty's letter.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Except it was under the sink , I believe.

She was in the middle of wringing the water out of a red rayon skirt she had been washing at the kitchen sink .

The cherry red formica-faced sink unit had been given a wash down.

The kitchen was like a big utility room with a huge sink , a stone floor, and a large wooden table.

The sweaters hung beneath the open hatch, the sink was empty and the oilskins stowed away.

There was a stainless-steel sink , and a mirrored medicine cabinet.

III. adjective

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

He swam away from the sinking ship.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.