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Sinker  n.  One who, or that which, sinks. Specifically:
A weight on something, as on a fish line, to sink it.
In knitting machines, one of the thin plates, blades, or other devices, that depress the loops upon or between the needles.
Dividing sinker, in knitting machines, a sinker between two jack sinkers and acting alternately with them.
Jack sinker. See under Jack, n.
Sinker bar.
In knitting machines, a bar to which one set of the sinkers is attached.
In deep well boring, a heavy bar forming a connection between the lifting rope and the boring tools, above the jars.

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"Sinker" Quotes from Famous Books

... benefit of the reader, who may desire a closer insight into Cappy's Machiavellian nature, be it known that a sinker is a heavy, close-grained clear redwood butt-log, which, if cut in the spring, when the tree is alive with sap, is so heavy it will not float in the millpond; hence the term sinker. A vessel laden with lumber sawed from sinkers, therefore, will carry ...
— Cappy Ricks • Peter B. Kyne

... purple algae of the clefts. Good cause had Linda for a cheerful heart; For had she not that day received by mail A copy of "The Prospect of the Flowers,"— Published in chromo, and these words from Diggin? "Your future is assured: my bait is swallowed, Bait, hook, and sinker, all; now let our fish Have line enough and time enough for play, And we will land him safely by and by. A good fat fish he is, and thinks he's cunning. Enclosed you'll find a hundred-dollar bill; Please send me ...
— The Woman Who Dared • Epes Sargent

... naturally suppose," sighed Wyatt, "that people would know that no man could be as big a fool as I am, unless he did it on purpose? But they don't. They swallow it, hook, bob and sinker!" ...
— The Desire of the Moth; and The Come On • Eugene Manlove Rhodes

... The well-sinker laughed at that, and said, "He had no opinion of geologists, and such-like. He never found any clay in England but what he could get through in ...
— Madam How and Lady Why - or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children • Charles Kingsley

... pocket a fishline wound on a stick. At the end of the line where a hook was, he fastened several more hooks an inch or two apart. The sinker was not heavy enough for his purpose so he fastened a stone to the ...
— Tom Slade's Double Dare • Percy Keese Fitzhugh

... pianoforte wire replaces the ordinary land line. The wire glides so easily to the bottom that 'flying soundings' can be taken while the ship is going at full speed. A pressure-gauge to register the depth of the sinker has been added by ...
— Heroes of the Telegraph • J. Munro

... all the American silversmiths, Paul Revere was the most interesting. Not only was he a silversmith of renown, but a patriot, soldier, grand master Mason, confidential agent of the state of Massachusetts Bay, engraver, picture-frame designer, and die-sinker. He was born in Boston in 1735, and died in 1818. He was the most famous of all the Boston silversmiths, although he is more widely known as a patriot. He was the third of a family of twelve children, ...
— All About Coffee • William H. Ukers

... of a bit, 21/2 ft. in length by 4-5/8 in. in diameter, weighing about 60 lb.; a sinker bar, into which the bit is screwed, 30 ft. in length by 3 in. in diameter, weighing about 1,040 lb.; and the jars, inserted between the sinker bar and the poles about 6 ft. in length, and weighing 150 lb. The tools are suspended by a chain, which passes three times round the end of the walking beam ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 611, September 17, 1887 • Various

... to pit it in," said the mendicant, eyeing the ram's horn"that loom's an auld acquaintance o' mine. I could take my aith to that sneeshing-mull amang a thousandI carried it for mony a year, till I niffered it for this tin ane wi' auld George Glen, the dammer and sinker, when he took a fancy ...
— The Antiquary, Complete • Sir Walter Scott

... could not hold his wrath any longer, shouted: "That's a lie! The Pilgrims landed more than two hundred and fifty years ago." I saw that my interrupter had swallowed my bait, hook, and line, bob and sinker, pole and all, and shouted with great indignation: "Sir, I have narrated that historical incident throughout the State, from Montauk Point to Niagara Falls, and you are the first man who has had the audacity to ...
— My Memories of Eighty Years • Chauncey M. Depew

Words linked to "Sinker" :   delivery, pitch, donut, sink, doughnut, hook line and sinker, friedcake, die-sinker, raised doughnut, weight

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