cesspool , cesspit
1 (Also called)
sink, sump a covered cistern, etc., for collecting and storing sewage or waste water
2 a filthy or corrupt place a cesspool of iniquity (C17: changed (through influence of pool1) from earlier cesperalle, from Old French souspirail vent, air, from soupirer to sigh; see suspire)
n (Psychol) a small area in which people or animals live in overcrowded conditions
1 a metal plate specially designed to conduct and radiate heat from an electrical component, such as a rectifier
2 a layer of material placed within the outer skin of high-speed aircraft to absorb heat
1 a sink in a kitchen for washing dishes, vegetables, etc.
everything but the kitchen sink everything that can be conceived of
3 modifier denoting a type of drama or painting of the 1950s depicting the sordid aspects of domestic reality
vb , sinks, sinking, sank, sunk, sunken
1 to descend or cause to descend, esp. beneath the surface of a liquid or soft substance
2 intr to appear to move down towards or descend below the horizon
3 intr to slope downwards; dip
4 intr; often foll by: in or into to pass into or gradually enter a specified lower state or condition
to sink into apathy
5 to make or become lower in volume, pitch, etc.
6 to make or become lower in value, price, etc.
7 intr to become weaker in health, strength, etc.
8 to decline or cause to decline in moral value, worth, etc.
9 intr to seep or penetrate
10 tr to suppress or conceal
he sank his worries in drink
11 tr to dig, cut, drill, bore, or excavate (a hole, shaft, etc.)
12 tr to drive into the ground
to sink a stake
13 tr; usually foll by: in or into
b to lose (money) in an unwise or unfortunate investment
15 intr to become hollow; cave in
his cheeks had sunk during his illness
16 tr to hit, throw, or propel (a ball) into a hole, basket, pocket, etc.
he sank a 15-foot putt
17 tr (Brit)
informal to drink, esp. quickly
he sank three pints in half an hour
sink or swim to take risks where the alternatives are loss and failure or security and success
19 a fixed basin, esp. in a kitchen, made of stone, earthenware, metal, etc., used for washing
21 another word for →
22 a place of vice or corruption
23 an area of ground below that of the surrounding land, where water collects
24 (Physics) a device or part of a system at which energy is removed from the system
a heat sink
25 Informal (of a housing estate or school) deprived or having low standards of achievement
(Old English sincan; related to Old Norse sökkva to sink, Gothic siggan, Old High German sincan, Swedish sjunka)
vb intr, adv to enter or penetrate the mind
eventually the news sank in