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plummet

[pluhm-it]
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noun
  1. Also called plumb bob. a piece of lead or some other weight attached to a line, used for determining perpendicularity, for sounding, etc.; the bob of a plumb line.
  2. something that weighs down or depresses.
verb (used without object)
  1. to plunge.

Origin of plummet

1350–1400; (noun) Middle English plommet < Middle French, diminutive of plomb lead; (v.) derivative of the noun See plumb, -et
Related formsun·plum·met·ed, adjective

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3. fall, dive, drop, swoop.
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Examples from the Web for plummeted

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  • Even when the price had plummeted to a penny a pound the planters were not discouraged from planting.

  • The bottle fell like a stone, plummeted straight down and crashed into a million fragments on the floor of the satellite.

    The Star Lord

    Boyd Ellanby

  • He ripped himself out of the harness and plummeted down the last ten feet, his body driving deep into the icy cold water.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.

    Rutherford G. Montgomery

  • Between the cars that plummeted 191 feet to the sea and the people drowned in the trains, the deaths were mounting.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • White Bear heard an amazed murmur from the crowd, and he himself felt his heart drop as if he plummeted unaware into a deep pit.

    Shaman

    Robert Shea


British Dictionary definitions for plummeted

plummet

verb -mets, -meting or -meted
  1. (intr) to drop down; plunge
noun
  1. another word for plumb bob
  2. a lead plumb used by anglers to determine the depth of water

Word Origin

C14: from Old French plommet ball of lead, from plomb lead, from Latin plumbum
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Word Origin and History for plummeted

plummet

n.

late 14c., "ball of lead, plumb of a bob-line," from Old French plomet "graphite, lead; plummet, sounding lead," diminutive of plom "sounding lead" (see plumb (n.)).

plummet

v.

1620s, "to fathom, take soundings," from plummet (n.). Meaning "to fall rapidly" first recorded 1933, perhaps originally among aviators. Related: Plummeted; plummeting.

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