sinker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sinker a pitch that curves downward rapidly as it approaches the plate
    • n sinker a weight that sinks (as to hold nets or fishing lines under water)
    • n sinker a small ring-shaped friedcake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sinker One who, or that which, sinks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sinker One who or that which sinks or causes to sink. Particularly A weight attached to a fishing-line to make it sink in the water. In bottom- or bait-fishing, sinkers of various sizes and shapes are used, the weight being proportioned to the tide or current. Split shot, closed on the line, are very commonly used as sinkers.
    • n sinker In knitting-machines, stocking-frames, etc., one of several flat pieces of metal attached to the jacks, and also to the sinker-bar, and serving to form loops in the thread between the needles. See jack, 11 , sinker-bar, and knitting-machine.
    • n sinker A cesspool.
    • n sinker A hollow sinker containing shot, that may be adjusted to any required weight.
    • n sinker A sinker with spiral rings, which can be put on and taken off the line without disturbing the hook or bait.
    • n sinker Same as dead-head, 4.
    • n sinker A heavy dumpling or doughnut; a dough-sinker; a dough-boy.
    • n sinker A (silver) dollar.
    • n sinker See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sinker anything which causes a sinking, esp. a weight fixed to a fishing-line
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Idioms

Hook, line, and sinker - If somebody accepts or believes something hook, line, and sinker, they accept it completely.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sincan; Ger. sinken, Dut. zinken.

Usage

In literature:

On these the nets had been spread, and thus the misfortune which had attended the setting of the nets with floats and sinkers was avoided.
"Ungava" by R.M. Ballantyne
I'll try him on, sinker or no sinker.
"Crowded Out o' Crofield" by William O. Stoddard
His heart beat as the sinker touched the bottom, and he pulled it up the proper distance.
"Little By Little" by William Taylor Adams
Then, with careful precision, they fling the line with its heavy pyramid sinker far out beyond the line of breakers.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
There was a sinker for each, made of large shot.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
Bone sinker with tufts and fish-hook, one-half.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The sinkers, of course, fell down in the water, and drew it into a vertical position.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
On the other hand the material is not suitable for a net-sinker, nor is it intended to be made to stand up.
"Ancient Egyptian and Greek Looms" by H. Ling Roth
Won't you come in and have some coffee and sinkers with us?
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
I employ hard labour; I need mechanics, navvies, joiners, well-sinkers, and you can only sit and write.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
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In poetry:

And, lest she should ever again lift her head
From the watery bottom, her clack to renew —
As a clog, as a sinker, far better than lead,
I would hang round her neck her own darling Review.
"Ode to the Sublime Porte" by Thomas Moore

In news:

Rahm Emanuel meets Twitter impersonator Dan Sinker on a Chicago radio show.
When a sinker doesn't sink , well, there will be problems.
The third and fourth hitters for the Rays -- on consecutive sinkers to get out of the jam.
But said the sinkers he threw Upton and Scott were extra good.
He threw probably two of the best sinkers he threw in the game right there.
The show starts Tuesday and I have full confidence that Sinker 's text will soon be my new favorite thing on the Internet.
MayorEmanuel isn't Sinker 's first effort using online media to communicate and entertain.
After the primary elections in February, I read the website that archived Sinker 's entire feed.
Chien-Ming Wang makes his first rehab start, has a good sinker .
He threw Pujols three sinkers , and the third, Pujols popped to right.
And so Lannan threw 80 sinkers in a single bullpen session.
High Speed Wire and Sinker EDM.
In the end, you might as well have endorsed the guy: "I would have voted for just because of that fake Twitter account," one of Sinker 's journalism students told the Tribune.
The Hooker, Line And Sinker .
"I tried to throw a sinker in, after a home run, and I hit him," said Mets reliever D.J.
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In science:

They hypothesized the characteristics of Jovian live organisms — in the form of sinkers and floaters, understandable in a gaseous environment — departing from chemical composition, temperature, density, pressure and other known features of the planet atmosphere.
The Aleph Cosmological Principle
Assume sinkers and floaters are abundant in the Jovian atmosphere.
The Aleph Cosmological Principle
For the time constants the passive components are realized with specific layers available in the SiGe process: high resistivity polysilicon and polysilicon-sinker (bipolar collector) for the capacitor.
Development of a front end ASIC for Dark Matter directional detection with MIMAC
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