- 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.
- something that weighs down or depresses.
- to plunge.
Origin of plummet
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Examples from the Web for plummeted
But when the event approached, her blood pressure had plummeted, leaving her incapacitated.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
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State funding for public colleges and universities has plummeted, decreasing by 40 percent across the country since 1980.The Price of College Has Increased 1120 Percent Since 1978, So Is It Worth It?
January 24, 2014
The most preventable cause of death—smoking—has plummeted among Americans in recent years.A Scarier Bird Flu: CDC Chief Warns of Looming H7N9 Threat
September 16, 2013
Application rates have soared and admissions rates have plummeted.College Application Guru Turned Author Lacy Crawford on ‘Early Decision’
August 24, 2013
Not only are fewer people smoking, but among people who smoke, the frequency has plummeted.Cigarettes’ Last Gasp
August 14, 2013
Even when the price had plummeted to a penny a pound the planters were not discouraged from planting.Virginia Under Charles I And Cromwell, 1625-1660
Wilcomb E. Washburn
The bottle fell like a stone, plummeted straight down and crashed into a million fragments on the floor of the satellite.The Star Lord
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
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
- (intr) to drop down; plunge
- another word for plumb bob
- a lead plumb used by anglers to determine the depth of water
Word Origin and History for plummeted
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.