Plummet meaning

plŭmĭt
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.

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To fall straight down; plunge.
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To decline suddenly and steeply.

Stock prices plummeted.

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Violent or dramatic fall.
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(figuratively) Decline; fall; drop.
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(intransitive) To drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly.

After its ascent, the arrow plummeted to earth.

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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.

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Something that weighs down or oppresses; a burden.
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A thing that weighs heavily.
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To fall or drop straight downward.
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To fall off or decline precipitously.

Stock prices plummeted.

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(archaic) A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.
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(archaic) A plumb bob or a plumb line.
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(archaic) Hence, any weight.
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(archaic) A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing.
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A plummet line, a line with a plummet; a sounding line.
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Origin of plummet

  • Middle English plomet from Old French ball of lead diminutive of plom, plomb sounding lead from Latin plumbum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English plommet (“ball of lead", "plumb of a bob-line"), recorded since 1382, from Old French plommet or plomet, the diminutive of plom, plum (“lead", "sounding lead"), from Latin plumbum (“lead"). The verb is first recorded in 1626, originally meaning "to fathom, take soundings", from the noun.

    From Wiktionary