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

Examples of sinkhole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hole that swallowed a silver SUV on Tuesday was probably not a technical sinkhole, William Johnson, a University of Utah professor with expertise in geologic hazards, said. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2022 Other potential culprits included a sinkhole, a serial killer, a snakebite and a simple heart attack. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Close to town, this hike takes you past several unusual features, including the Devil's Kitchen, a mammoth and fairly active sinkhole which collapsed in 1989 and 1995. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 At one point, an 80-foot-wide sinkhole formed on the construction site. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Taylor's claims allege the city's failure to install a concrete sub-base under the asphalt and fill the excavation with road slurry resulted in a sinkhole as well as the sewer collapsing at her 3428 W. State St. property. Vanessa Swales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 Combined with the dead of winter in Chicago, this lack of sports watching can lead to an overwhelming feeling of ennui, sending ordinary sports fans into a sinkhole of couch dependency that’s difficult to overcome. Paul Sullivan,, 16 Feb. 2022 But Hidden Waters Preserve in Eustis has trails that descend into a sinkhole, following a cascading stream along the way. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Dec. 2021 The context is his two bonehead interceptions put the day in a sinkhole. Dave Hyde,, 24 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sinkhole

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2022

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“Sinkhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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