sinker

noun

sink·​er ˈsiŋ-kər How to pronounce sinker (audio)
1
: one that sinks
specifically : a weight for sinking a fishing line, seine, or sounding line
2
3
: a fastball that sinks as it reaches the plate

called also sinker ball

Examples of sinker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Padron then stuck out Elian Miranda looking at a 90.6 mph sinker, got Jesus Lopez to line out to second baseman Alcides Escobar and got Omar Mendoza to ground out to shortstop Wilfredo Tovar to seal the effort. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 And a word to the wise for bait fishermen — catfish are wary and sensitive, so a lot of anglers prefer a slip sinker setup where the line moves freely without dragging the weight. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 These slots keep lures from tangling with each other, and also allow easy access to hooks and sinkers. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 The argument for signing Hicks is simple: His sinker averages 100 miles per hour. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 2 Jan. 2024 The right box will be large enough to carry all of your fishing supplies—lures, pliers, hooks, sinkers, extra fishing line, jigs, and baits—without being overly bulky. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Vasquez threw five pitches last season: slider (81.8%), four-seam fastball (7.3%), curveball (5%), sinker (4.3%) and changeup (1.5%). Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 Jan. 2024 However, there are certain cases where a rolling sinker comes in handy. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 26 Oct. 2023 The pointed end of the sinker is supposed to drive into a sand bottom like an arrowhead, and subsequent wave action should wash more sand over the wide base burying the sinker. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 26 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sinker was in 1526

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“Sinker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sinker. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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sinker

noun
sink·​er ˈsiŋ-kər How to pronounce sinker (audio)
1
: one that sinks
especially : a weight for sinking a line or net
2
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