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sinking feeling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sinking feeling a feeling caused by uneasiness or apprehension "with a sinking heart","a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach"
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Quotations

  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.”

Usage

In literature:

Others experience a heavy, pleasant, "sinking" feeling.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
We must sink all other feelings until we have reached the plantation and rescued those imperiled there.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
There is no unusual feeling to inform a man she is sinking.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
But Peter had no sinking, he had one feeling only, gladness; and he gnashed his pretty teeth with joy.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
I felt sorry they did not sink on one of my sites to prove exactly how deep I could feel underground water.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
That queer sinking feeling inside vanished, and only joy was left.
"Virginia of Elk Creek Valley" by Mary Ellen Chase
Then I shall sink my own feelings.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
Abstract what others feel, what others think, All pleasures sicken, and all glories sink.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
What was Sandie Shubrick to her, that she should feel such a heart-sinking at the prospect of his departure?
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
The thought gave him a sinking feeling.
"David and the Phoenix" by Edward Ormondroyd
The children then sink into themselves, and feel the mortifying change in their situation.
"Practical Education, Volume I" by Maria Edgeworth
Auguste knew, with a sinking feeling in his stomach, that it was only a matter of time before Raoul would strike at him.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
They could now feel themselves sinking faster into the substance.
"Lords of the Stratosphere" by Arthur J. Burks
Something in her throat hurt, and a sinking feeling came in her heart.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
Yes, you may bring two glasses if you like; I feel a sinking.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
There was a queer sinking feeling in that inward organ that received his food.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
When they all sit round looking reproachfully at me, it makes me feel as if I could sink under the table.
"I'll Leave It To You" by Noel Coward
I felt my heart sink, and dreaded lest I should betray my feelings.
"Room Number 3" by Anna Katharine Green
But with the next few words she uttered, the sinking feeling vanished, to be superseded by one of deep interest.
"Japan" by Dorothy Menpes
I feel I am sinking!
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
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In poetry:

Scarce knowing if we wake or sleep,
Scarce asking where we are,
To feel all evil sink away,
All sorrow and all care.
"The Other World" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The wailing wind sinks down, and like
A chidden thing is mute;
The very heather seems to feel
The red dew at its root;
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
Rise up in the morning with the will that, smooth or rough,
You'll grin.
Sink to sleep at midnight, and although you're feeling tough,
Yet grin.
"Grin" by Robert W Service
Now to the heav'ns they mount amain,
Now sink to dreadful deeps again;
What strange affrights young sailors feel,
And like a stagg'ring drunkard reel!
"Psalm 107 part 4" by Isaac Watts
Nay! Peace, not so!
The wildest waves may feel thy sceptre's spell
And fear to flow,
But to and fro --
Beyond their reach lone waves on troubled seas
Will sink and swell.
"Rhyme" by Abram Joseph Ryan
II. Oh no! this is fury, 'tis rage, or 'tis madness,
It scares the mild feelings that dwell in the heart;
It wearies the senses, or sinks into sadness
The soul that in riot can ne'er take a part.
"L'Amante Furioso" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

You can feel your heart sink just watching the trailer.
South Pacific Fund Has Sinking Feeling .
ABC's 'Titanic': That sinking feeling .
Titanic (commemorative) Week ending with that sinking feeling .
Italian cruise disaster gives me a sinking feeling — Curt Yeomans.
The show, "T.1912" is by artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and invited audience to experience the feeling of a sinking Titanic.
That Sinking Feeling on the Economy.
Chicago's Got That Sinking Feeling .
'Speed 2': That Sinking Feeling .
Ever have that sinking feeling that you're sinking.
A s I watched the trailer for Brave I had a sinking feeling.
FRONTLINE/World Tuvalu : That Sinking Feeling PBS.
Four laps into the 3,200 meters at the Arcadia Invitational, Craig Nowak had a sinking feeling over what he saw on the clock: 4:33.
A morning sail in the gulf left two sailors with a sinking feeling and ended up being rescued by marine police.
"Sinking" feeling on Quincy's South Side.
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In science:

Since there are many active mRNA chains in the cytoplasm, each mRNA chain feels the sinks (initiation sites) and sources (termination sites) of all the other mRNA chains.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
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