1. a descent as through liquid (especially through water) (Freq. 1)

they still talk about the sinking of the Titanic

Derivationally related forms: ↑sink
Hypernyms: ↑descent
2. a slow fall or decline (as for lack of strength) (Freq. 1)

after several hours of sinking an unexpected rally rescued the market


he could not control the sinking of his legs

Hypernyms: ↑decrease, ↑lessening, ↑drop-off
3. a feeling caused by uneasiness or apprehension

with a sinking heart


a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach

Syn: ↑sinking feeling
Hypernyms: ↑anxiety

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