plummet
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈplʌm.ət/
Noun

plummet (plural plummets)

  1. (archaic) A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sound#Etymology 4|sounding the depth of water, a plumb bob or a plumb line
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 3 scene 3
      I'll sink him deeper than e'er plummet sounded.
  2. (archaic) Hence, any weight
    • 1945, Ernie Pyle, Here is Your War: Story of G.I. Joe, The World Publishing Company (1945), page #93:
      His parachute was shot half away, and if he'd jumped he would have fallen like a plummet.
  3. (archaic) A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule#Verb|rule paper for writing (that is, to mark with rule#Noun|rules, with lines)
  4. A plummet line, a line with a plummet; a sounding line
  5. Violent or dramatic fall
  6. (figuratively) A decline; a fall; a drop
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plummet (plummets, present participle plummeting; past and past participle plummeted)

  1. (intransitive) To drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly.
    After its ascent, the arrow plummeted to earth.
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