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
3 : sink 2
4 : something (such as an unprofitable investment) that steadily drains money or resources a financial sinkhole
Recent Examples of sinkhole from the Web
The law was spurred by controversies last year in response to the handling of a sinkhole at a Mosaic phosphate plant in Polk County and sewage discharges into Tampa Bay.
There have been no injuries reported resulting from the sinkhole that appeared shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday.
Luckily, in these sinkhole-prone areas, efforts to monitor soil chemistry and use satellites to scope out at-risk zones by Ivey Burden and other engineers can help predict future sinkage.
A sinkhole might mean downtown's numerous underground caverns had swallowed some dirt and might swallow more.
Hedges, who started the season in an 0-for-24 sinkhole, added four RBIs in a game against the Cubs.
La Cañada Irrigation District employees worked to repair to a 15-foot sinkhole in the 4700 block of Hillard Avenue Tuesday after a broken pipe fitting led to leakage that caused a sewer trench to subside, water officials reported.
A water main break in East County caused a sinkhole that swallowed a car being used as an Uber early Tuesday morning.
University of Tennessee scientist Vladimir Dinets studied nine Cuban boas by living with them in a sinkhole cave in Desembarco del Granma National Park, Cuba.
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Definition of sinkhole for English Language Learners
: 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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