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

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Neurologists on the front lines have felt powerless, watching their patients disappear into the sinkhole of forgetfulness. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 According to News 10, late yesterday, after disappearing into a sinkhole on the Red River, six teens drowned. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "Six Teens Die in Red River 18-Foot Sinkhole," 3 Aug. 2010 The owner of a Ford FX4 Off Road truck was lucky to escape a sinkhole that swallowed the vehicle Tuesday evening in Excelsior Springs. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Sinkhole swallows an occupied truck in Excelsior Springs," 6 June 2018 Because sand is composed of small grains that together can act like a fluid or a solid, depending on the conditions, its subtle physics creates sinkholes that can quickly bury large objects. David L. Hu, WSJ, "Robot Design Goes Back to Nature," 9 Nov. 2018 The tragedy is not just that Manne is right, but that pointing out the obvious moral and ethical sinkholes in Peterson’s grab-bag of resentful bromides should merit a two-page review by one of the greatest feminist philosophers of her generation. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 According to MLive, the heavy rainfall in the area created 60 sinkholes in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "What we know about flooding in Houghton, Michigan," 18 June 2018 At the end of October 2017, a sinkhole in our front yard adjacent to the sidewalk appeared. John Thompson, ajc, "Take to task for Jan. 29," 28 Jan. 2018 Japan can fix an intersection-eating sinkhole in less than a week. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of sinkhole

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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