verb (used without object)
- plume oneself,
- plummer block,
- plummer-vinson syndrome,
Origin of plummet
Examples from the Web for plummet
Wind chills will plummet to around -20ºF on Friday for Hartford, Providence, and western Massachusetts.
Interest rates will soar, home values will plummet, stock markets will crash, and global economies will crater.
But it would be the quickest way for her to plummet in the approval of the Burmese masses.
Who heartlessly kicks Aziz Ansari into a hole, causing him to plummet to his death, instead of trying to save him?‘This Is the End’ Craziest Moments Quiz: Which Celeb Did What?|Kevin Fallon|June 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
That strategy was revealed as a loser when print advertising began to plummet, and fall, and then fall again.The New York Times Co.’s Quarterly Earnings Report: News Isn’t Cheap|Daniel Gross|April 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A bead P, kept in its place by friction, is threaded on the plummet line at some convenient height above H.
He dropped the ship like a plummet while the ray operators prepared to sweep the formation with their beams.Islands of Space|John W Campbell
Oh, is there any plummet to sound the depths of a mother's love?Debts of Honor|Maurus Jkai
But this fool seemed intent on baiting the Pacific with a plummet, a hook, and a lump of salt pork.Foe-Farrell|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The soundings, when the plummet first touches the ground, on approaching the shores, give some idea of this.The Book of Curiosities|I. Platts
verb -mets, -meting or -meted
Word Origin for plummet
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.)).
1620s, "to fathom, take soundings," from plummet (n.). Meaning "to fall rapidly" first recorded 1933, perhaps originally among aviators. Related: Plummeted; plummeting.