plummet

verb
plum·​met | \ ˈplə-mət How to pronounce plummet (audio) \
plummeted; plummeting; plummets

Definition of plummet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to fall perpendicularly birds plummeted down
2 : to drop sharply and abruptly prices plummeted

plummet

noun

Definition of plummet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : plumb also : plumb line
2 : an abrupt drop : an instance of plummeting a sharp plummet in prices If in the final week of the season, the Mets were trying to stop a plummet off a cliff, they are now attempting to climb out of a dark, deep abyss …— Judy Battista

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Synonyms & Antonyms for plummet

Synonyms: Verb

crash, crater, decline, descend, dip, dive, drop, fall, lower, nose-dive, plunge, sink, skid, tumble

Antonyms: Verb

arise, ascend, lift, mount, rise, soar, spike, up

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Examples of plummet in a Sentence

Verb

The acrobat plummeted into the net. The car plummeted to the bottom of the canyon. The satellite plummeted into the ocean. Stock prices plummeted 40 percent during the scandal. The TV show has plummeted in the ratings. Temperatures are expected to plummet this weekend. The town's population plummets when the students leave for the summer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among the new details revealed in testimony today was exactly what was in the system of each family member when the Yukon plummeted off the cliff. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Sarah Hart Was ‘Intoxicated’: Everything We’ve Learned So Far About the Hart Family From the Coroner’s Inquest," 5 Apr. 2019 The crash, which killed all 157 on board, came about four months after another 737 MAX 8 flown by Indonesia’s Lion Air plummeted into the Java Sea in October, killing 189. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Boeing’s 737 MAX Keeps Flying, but Some Passengers Are Staying on the Ground," 11 Mar. 2019 What many people don't realize is that these two crashes are far from the only examples of automation malfunctions that have sent planes plummeting in the past few years. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "4 Times Before the Boeing 737 Max 8 That Plane Automation Software Went Haywire," 18 Mar. 2019 Farmers have struggled particularly with a paradox of plenty as bumper crops combine with restrictions on exports, an easing of import barriers and distribution bottlenecks that create gluts and send prices plummeting. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Indian Farmers Despair, Planting Seeds of Doubt About Modi’s Re-Election," 14 Jan. 2019 And everyone was aware that a momentary slip or lapse in concentration would send him plummeting to his death, again in front of those cameras. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 After years of plummeting sales, store closures, and flight of executives, J.Crew promised a fresh relaunch this fall. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 In what appears to be a horrific accident, the vehicle had driven off the cliff and plummeted more than 100 feet to the rocks below. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 1: Fear," 4 Dec. 2018 But as urban crime has plummeted compared to rates a decade ago, city centers have been revitalized, and downtowns have become bigger and bigger economic engines, mayors can runs as technocrats with a record of job creation and economic growth. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why mayors and urban leaders will have a bigger impact in 2018 elections," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of plummet

Verb

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plummet

Noun

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

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plummily

plumminess

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The first known use of plummet was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for plummet

plummet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plummet

: to fall suddenly straight down especially from a very high place
: to fall or drop suddenly in amount, value, etc.

plummet

verb
plum·​met | \ ˈplə-mət How to pronounce plummet (audio) \
plummeted; plummeting

Kids Definition of plummet

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

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