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plummet

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noun plum·met \ˈplə-mət\

Definition of plummet

  1. :  plumb; also :  plumb line



Origin of plummet

Middle English plomet, from Anglo-French plumet, plomet, from plum lead, lead weight — more at plumb


First Known Use: 14th century

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plummet

verb plum·met

Simple Definition of plummet

  • : to fall suddenly straight down especially from a very high place

  • : to fall or drop suddenly in amount, value, etc.

Full Definition of plummet

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fall perpendicularly <birds plummeted down>

  3. 2 :  to drop sharply and abruptly <prices plummeted>

Examples of plummet

  1. The acrobat plummeted into the net.

  2. The car plummeted to the bottom of the canyon.

  3. The satellite plummeted into the ocean.

  4. Stock prices plummeted 40 percent during the scandal.

  5. The TV show has plummeted in the ratings.

  6. Temperatures are expected to plummet this weekend.

  7. The town's population plummets when the students leave for the summer.



1937

First Known Use of plummet

1937


PLUMMET Defined for Kids

plummet

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verb plum·met \ˈplə-mət\

Definition of plummet

plum·met·edplum·met·ing

  1. :  to fall straight down <The satellite plummeted toward the ocean.>





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