sink·er | \ˈsiŋ-kər \

Definition of sinker 

1 : one that sinks specifically : a weight for sinking a fishing line, seine, or sounding line

2 : doughnut

3 : a fastball that sinks as it reaches the plate

called also sinker ball

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Herrera actually fouled off the last two pitches before swinging through a 103.7 mph sinker to end his 45-game on-base streak. Scott Lauber,, "A closer look at Phillies reliever Tommy Hunter's season so far | Extra Innings," 20 June 2018 Witte recommended Strom, who joined the Cardinals in 2008 as an instructor in the low minors, keeping his distance from the upper-level prospects and major leaguers who had been encouraged to throw sinkers. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "At 69, This Coach Lives on the Front Line of Baseball’s Revolution," 1 June 2018 His pitch in the seventh came in the form of a 90 mph sinker that didn’t sink, and Renfroe lined it just over the wall in left field for a two-run homer that put the Padres ahead 5-4. Kevin Acee,, "Hot Hunter Renfroe helps Padres past Giants," 14 Apr. 2018 Statcast figures indicate Hicks averages the hardest two-seam fastball (100.2 mph), sinker (99.8) and four-seam fastball (99.5) in the game. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "At 105 mph, Jordan Hicks is MLB's hardest thrower. What does that mean for his future?," 10 July 2018 But Hicks prefers a two-seamer (also known as a sinker), which gives him that natural tailing action without sacrificing velocity. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "From High School Outfielder to Cardinals Flamethrower," 23 June 2018 Aside from his four-seamer, Brown also throws a sinker, a curveball and a circle changeup. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers minor-league pitcher Zack (with a k) Brown making a name for himself," 12 June 2018 The breaking balls, sinkers, command, things like that. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles closer Zach Brittion ready to begin rehab assigning Wednesday at Triple-A Norfolk," 26 May 2018 Bummer returned with an inside sinker, slightly elevated. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Struggling Jake Marisnick sparks Astros to win over White Sox," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sinker

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sinker

: a weight used for holding a fishing line or net underwater

baseball : a fast pitch that drops lower as it reaches home plate

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