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

1
1350–1400; (noun) Middle English plommet<Middle French, diminutive of plomb lead; (v.) derivative of the noun See plumb, -et

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  • un·plum·met·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for plummet

plummet

/ (ˈplʌmɪt) /


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

Origin of plummet

1
C14: from Old French plommet ball of lead, from plomb lead, from Latin plumbum

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