(regional) The common minnow,
(regional) A young Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar , before it becomes a smolt; a parr.
From (etyl) pincke.
Probably from Low Dutch or Low German; compare Low German pinken ‘hit, peck’.
To decorate a piece of clothing or fabric by adding holes or by scalloping the fringe.
To prick with a sword.
* 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 642:
To wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule.
To choose; to cull; to pick out.
- ‘Pugh!’ says she, ‘you have pinked a man in a duel, that's all.’
Origin unknown; perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked (Etymology 3, above).
Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus , sometimes called carnations.
(dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment (of) some quality.
- This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks .
- Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.
The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red.
- the very pink of courtesy
- My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink .
Hunting pink; scarlet, as worn by hunters.
*1928 , (Siegfried Sassoon), Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man , Penguin 2013, p. 23:
*:I had taken it for granted that there would be people ‘in pink ’, but these enormous confident strangers overwhelmed me with the visible authenticity of their brick-red coats.
* 1986 , Michael J O'Shea, James Joyce and Heraldry , SUNY, page 69:
(snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 6 points.
- it is interesting to note the curious legend that the pink of the hunting field is not due to any optical advantage but to an entirely different reason.
(slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt'', ''bourgeoisie .
- Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the pink .
Having a colour between red and white; pale red.
Of a fox-hunter's jacket: scarlet.
(obsolete) By comparison to red (communist), describing someone who sympathizes with the ideals of communism without actually being a Russian-style communist: a pinko.
* 1976 : Bhalchandra Pundlik Adarkar, The Future of the Constitution: A Critical Analysis
(informal) Relating to women or girls.
- The word "socialist" has so many connotations that it can cover almost anything from pink liberalism to red-red communism.
(informal) Relating to homosexuals as a group within society.
- pink-collar; pink job
- the pink economy
- pink dollar; pink pound
* clove pink
* fire pink
* hunting pink
* in the pink
* moss pink
* parlor pink, parlour pink
* pink bits
* pink dollar
* pink elephants
* pink gin
* pink lady
* pink pound
* pink salmon
* pink slip
* pink snapper
* pinking shears
* pink of health
* salmon pink
* sea pink
* shell pink
* shocking pink
* strike me pink
* swamp pink
* tickle pink
* wild pink
To turn (a topaz or other gemstone) pink by the application of heat.
(of a motor car) To emit a high "pinking" noise, usually as a result of ill-set ignition timing for the fuel used (in a spark ignition engine).
To move or be moved into something.
#(lb) To descend or submerge (or to cause to do so) into a liquid or similar substance.
#(lb) To cause a vessel to sink, generally by making it no longer watertight.
#(lb) To push (something) into something.
# To pot; hit a ball into a pocket or hole.
#*2008 , Edward Keating, The Joy of Ex: A Novel
#*:My sister beats me at pool in public a second time. I claim some dignity back by potting two of my balls before Tammy sinks the black.
To diminish or be diminished.
# To experience apprehension, disappointment, dread, or momentary depression.
#*1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula), Ch.21:
#*:I tried, but I could not wake him. This caused me a great fear, and I looked around terrified. Then indeed, my heart sank within me. Beside the bed, as if he had stepped out of the mist, or rather as if the mist had turned into his figure, for it had entirely disappeared, stood a tall, thin man, all in black.
#*1915 , , The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel , Little, Brown, and Company, Boston; ch. XIX:
#*:Peter's heart sank . "Don't you think it is dreadful?" he asked.
# To cause to decline; to depress or degrade.
#*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
#*:If I have a conscience, let it sink me.
#*:Thy cruel and unnatural lust of power / Has sunk thy father more than all his years.
#(lb) To demean or lower oneself; to do something below one's status, standards, or morals.
#*2013 , Steve Henschel, Niagara This Week , April 24:
#*:Who would sink so low as to steal change from veterans?
To conceal and appropriate.
*(Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
*:If sent with ready money to buy anything, and you happen to be out of pocket, sink the money, and take up the goods on account.
To keep out of sight; to suppress; to ignore.
*:a courtly willingness to sink obnoxious truths
To reduce or extinguish by payment.
(lb) To be overwhelmed or depressed; to fail in strength.
*(rfdate) (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
*:I think our country sinks beneath the yoke.
John Mortimer (1656?-1736)
*:Let not the fire sink or slacken.
(lb) To decrease in volume, as a river; to subside; to become diminished in volume or in apparent height.
*(rfdate) (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
*:The Alps and Pyreneans sink before him.
*:It was not far from the house; but the ground sank into a depression there, and the ridge of it behind shut out everything except just the roof of the tallest hayrick. As one sat on the sward behind the elm, with the back turned on the rick and nothing in front but the tall elms and the oaks in the other hedge, it was quite easy to fancy it the verge of the prairie with the backwoods close by.
* Use of the past participle form sunk'' for the past ''sank is not uncommon, but considered incorrect.
* descend, go down
* (submerge) dip, dunk, submerge
* sink in
* sink like a stone
* sinking fund
* sinking head
* sink or swim
* sinking pump
* sinking ship
A basin used for holding water for washing
A drain for carrying off wastewater
(geology) A sinkhole
A depression in land where water collects, with no visible outlet
A heat sink
A place that absorbs resources or energy
(baseball) The motion of a sinker pitch
(computing, programming) An object or callback that captures events; event sink
(graph theory) a destination vertex in a transportation network
- Jones' has a two-seamer with heavy sink .
* (basin) basin, washbasin
* (destination vertex) source