sinkhole

noun
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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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 Surveys are also important in areas like Seattle, Wash. and Western Pennsylvania, which are known for their extremely steep terrain and a propensity for landslides and sinkholes. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, "Luxury Living Off the Edge of a Mountain," 21 Nov. 2018 Midway through Lauren Groff’s new collection of short stories, Florida ($27, Riverhead), a woman peers into a sinkhole near her home during a downpour on Halloween. Erin Berger, Outside Online, "Lauren Groff's 'Florida' Dives into the Swamp," 21 June 2018 Hurricanes, power outages, sinkholes, and the possibility of death by reptile all play a part. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sinkhole

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sinkhole

noun

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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