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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SUNK

I was with him when he died, but knew not the hour he departed, for he sunk to rest like an infant.

Is it not most pitiful to see a human being, made in the image of God, sunk so low?

She found her at last, in her hiding-place behind the bed, sunk in deep dejection.

I returned stoutly; for I had, of course, sunk the Isthmus of Panama beneath the sea.

We sunk many guns in the lake; and as for the powder, that had taken care of itself.

We waited until she sunk her topsails, and then went on our course.

Meantime the body had decayed and had sunk down into a handful of dust.

It seemed strange to Dick that none of them had been sunk, and in fact it was strange.

For the first time in all those years, she sunk under her cares.

I am hardened now, I have sunk too low to care long even for that.'

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sincan (intransitive) "become submerged, go under, subside" (past tense sanc, past participle suncen), from Proto-Germanic *senkwanan (cf. Old Saxon sinkan, Old Norse sökkva, Middle Dutch sinken, Dutch zinken, Old High German sinkan, German sinken, Gothic sigqan), from PIE root *sengw- "to sink."

The transitive use (mid-13c.) supplanted Middle English sench (cf. drink/drench) which died out 14c. Related: Sank; sunk; sinking. Sinking fund is from 1724. Adjective phrase sink or swim is from 1660s. To sink without a trace is World War I military jargon, translating German spurlos versenkt.

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