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1 a descent as through liquid (especially through water); "they still talk about the sinking of the Titanic"
2 a slow fall or decline (as for lack of strength); "after several hours of sinking an unexpected rally rescued the market"; "he could not control the sinking of his legs"
3 a feeling caused by uneasiness or apprehension; "with a sinking heart"; "a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach" [syn: sinking feeling]

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Extensive Definition

Sinking may refer to:

See also

  • Hsinking, former name of the Chinese city Changchun

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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