sink·​hole | \ ˈsiŋk-ˌhōl How to pronounce sinkhole (audio) \

Definition of sinkhole

1 : a hollow place or depression in which drainage collects
2 : a hollow in a limestone region that communicates with a cavern or passage
4 : something (such as an unprofitable investment) that steadily drains money or resources a financial sinkhole

Examples of sinkhole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sinkhole first appeared on Saturday and is filled with water that is constantly moving around, reports CNN affiliate Televisa. Jack Guy And Kiarinna Parisi, CNN, 2 June 2021 The natural limestone sinkhole pumps out 1.5 million gallons of water each day from an underground spring. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2021 An epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Lynette Rice,, 14 May 2021 The original depression discovered back in 1795 fits a typical surface expression of a sinkhole as well, Aitken says. Dylan Taylor-lehman, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2021 The company, along with its Israeli counterpart, pumps Dead Sea water to extract minerals, adding to the sea’s retreat and compounding sinkhole formation, says William Ajalin, a resident and head of a local environmental association. Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Marshal Yanda’s retirement last offseason was more like a sinkhole, leaving the Ravens without a capable replacement until Kevin Zeitler’s signing last month. Jonas Shaffer,, 22 Apr. 2021 In 2016, more than 200 million gallons of contaminated waste water from another fertilizer plant in central Florida leaked into one of the state’s main aquifers after a massive sinkhole opened up in a pond of a phosphogypsum stack. Fox News, 4 Apr. 2021 In 2016 a giant sinkhole opened below a another phosphate mine, 30 miles east of Tampa. Scott Travis,, 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sinkhole

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sinkhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sinkhole

: a low area or hole in the ground that is formed especially when soil and rocks are removed by flowing water

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