- The definition of a plummet is something that weighs something else down.
An example of plummet is a weight tied to a piece of material.
- Plummet is defined as to fall down quickly and suddenly.
An example of plummet is for a model airplane to quickly plunge from the sky.
- plumb bob
- plumb ()
- a thing that weighs heavily
Origin of plummetMiddle English plomet ; from Middle French plommet, diminutive of plomb: see plumb
- See plumb bob.
- Something that weighs down or oppresses; a burden.
intransitive verbplum·met·ed, plum·met·ing, plum·mets
- To fall straight down; plunge.
- To decline suddenly and steeply: Stock prices plummeted.
Origin of plummetMiddle English plomet, from Old French, ball of lead, diminutive of plom, plomb, sounding lead, from Latin plumbum.
- (archaic) A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.
- (archaic) A plumb bob or a plumb line.
- (archaic) Hence, any weight.
- (archaic) A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing
- a plummet line, a line with a plummet; a sounding line.
- Violent or dramatic fall
- (figuratively) decline; fall; drop
(third-person singular simple present plummets, present participle plummeting or plummetting, simple past and past participle plummeted or plummetted)
From Old English plommet (â€œball of lead", "plumb of a bob-lineâ€), recorded since 1382, from Old French plommet or plomet, the diminutive of plom, plum (â€œlead", "sounding leadâ€), from Latin plumbum (â€œleadâ€). The verb is first recorded in 1626, originally meaning "to fathom, take soundings", from the noun.