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sink | way |

As a verb sink

is to move or be moved into something .

As a noun sink

is a basin used for holding water for washing.

As a proper noun way is

christianity or way can be .




  • 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.
  • #* (1674-1718)
  • #*: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.
  • * (1721-1793)
  • *: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.
  • *(rfdate) 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.
  • Usage notes

    * Use of the past participle form sunk'' for the past ''sank is not uncommon, but considered incorrect.


    * descend, go down * (submerge) dip, dunk, submerge * *

    Derived terms

    * sinker * sink in * sink like a stone * sinking fund * sinking head * sink or swim * sinking pump * sinking ship * countersink


    (wikipedia sink) (en noun)
  • 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
  • Jones' has a two-seamer with heavy sink .
  • (computing, programming) An object or callback that captures events; event sink
  • (graph theory) a destination vertex in a transportation network
  • Synonyms

    * (basin) basin, washbasin


    * (destination vertex) source



    (wikipedia way)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) wei, wai, weighe, from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * waye (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • (lb) To do with a place or places.
  • #A road, a direction, a (physical or conceptual) path from one place to another.
  • #:
  • #*(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • #*:The way seems difficult, and steep to scale.
  • #*(John Evelyn) (1620-1706)
  • #*:The season and ways were very improper for his majesty's forces to march so great a distance.
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.}}
  • #*, chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=I was on my way to the door, but all at once, through the fog in my head, I began to sight one reef that I hadn't paid any attention to afore.}}
  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-22, volume=407, issue=8841, page=76, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Snakes and ladders , passage=Risk is everywhere.
  • #A means to enter or leave a place.
  • #:
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=14 citation , passage=Just under the ceiling there were three lunette windows, heavily barred and blacked out in the normal way by centuries of grime. Their bases were on a level with the pavement outside, a narrow way which was several feet lower than the road behind the house.}}
  • #A roughly-defined geographical area.
  • #:
  • A method or manner of doing something; a mannerism.
  • :
  • *{{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , chapter=4, title= Lord Stranleigh Abroad , passage=“[…] That woman is stark mad, Lord Stranleigh.
  • *
  • , chapter=2, title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way' she laughed, cackling like a hen, the ' way she talked to the waiters and the maid,
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=
  • *{{quote-magazine, title=A better waterworks, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838
  • , page=5 (Technology Quarterly), magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.}}
  • (lb) Personal interaction.
  • #Possibility (usually in the phrases 'any way' and 'no way').
  • #:
  • #Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct.
  • #:
  • (lb) A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of wyrd, Way of runes, Way of Thor etc.
  • (lb) Speed, progress, momentum.
  • *1977 , (w, Richard O'Kane), Clear the Bridge: The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang , Ballantine Books (2003), p.343:
  • *:Ten minutes into the run Tang slowed, Welch calling out her speed as she lost way .
  • A degree, an amount, a sense.
  • :
  • *, chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=That concertina was a wonder in its way . The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.}}
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  • Quotations
    * (path or direction) "Do you know the way to San Jose?" [ : "It's a long way to Tipperary, / it's a long way to go." [It’s a Long Way to Tipperary , a marching and music hall song by Jack Judge and Henry "Harry" James Williams, popularized especially by British troops in World War One] * (a tradition within Heathenry) To walk the Way of the Runes, you must experience the runes as they manifest both in the part of Midgard that lies outside yourself and the worlds within. (Diana Paxson)
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * by way of * by the way * change one's ways * come one's way * either way * every which way * give way * go all the way * go out of one's way * have it both ways * in a way * in the way * in the way of * have a way with * have one's way * have one's wicked way * know one's way around * lose one's way * no way * no way to treat a lady * on the way * one way or another * right of way * runway * slipway * taxiway * the way things are * the way to a man's heart is through his stomach * wayfinding * way in * way of all flesh * Way of the Cross * way of the world / ways of the world * way of life * way off * way out * waybill * way to go


    (en interjection)
  • It is true.
  • *
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To travel.
  • * 1596 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , IV.ii:
  • on a time as they together way'd , / He made him open chalenge [...].



    Etymology 2

    Apheresis of (m).

    Alternative forms

    * (dated)


  • (informal, with comparative or modified adjective) Much.
  • I'm way too tired to do that.
    I'm a way better singer than she.
  • * 2006 , , Volume 32, Issues 1-6, page 132,
  • It turns out that's way more gain than you need for a keyboard, but you don't have to use all of it to benefit from the sonic characteristics.
  • (slang, with positive adjective) Very.
  • I'm way tired
    String theory is way cool, except for the math.
  • * 2005 , Erika V. Shearin Karres, Crushes, Flirts, & Friends: A Real Girl's Guide to Boy Smarts , page 16,
  • With all the way cool boys out there, what if you don't recognize them because you don't know what to look for? Or, what if you have a chance to pick a perfect Prince and you end up with a yucky Frog instead?
  • (informal) Far.
  • I used to live way over there.
    The farmhouse is way down the bottom of the hill.
    * (much) far, much, loads * (very) so, very

    Etymology 3

    From the sound it represents, by analogy with other velar letters such as kay'' and ''gay .


    (en noun)
  • The name of the letter for the w sound in Pitman shorthand.