sinker

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fishing sinkers

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sink +‎ -er.

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sinker (plural sinkers)

  1. (fishing) A weight used in fishing to cause the line or net to sink
    Hook the sinker onto this loop.
  2. (baseball) Any of several high speed pitches that have a downward motion near the plate; a two-seam fastball, a split-finger fastball, or a forkball
    His sinkers drew one ground ball after another.
  3. (construction) Sinker nail, used for framing in current construction.
  4. (slang) A doughnut; a biscuit.
    • 1926, Edna Ferber, Show Boat: A Novel, page 268
      Of the fifty cents, ten went for the glassy shoeshine; twenty-five for a boutonniere; ten for coffee and sinkers at the Cockeyed Bakery.
    • 2001, Gerald J. Prokopowicz, All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862, page 148
      they improvised by opening a barrel of flour and letting each man dump in a quart of water (if he had one) and scoop out a handful of dough to bake into rock-hard sinkers.
    • 2003, William W. Johnstone, Ambush Of The Mountain Man, page 168
      "Gonna have to dip them sinkers in coffee to get 'em soft enough to chew," Jason Biggs said, grinning.
  5. In knitting machines, one of the thin plates, blades, or other devices, that depress the loops upon or between the needles.

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