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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 After plummeting on Monday amid trade-war tensions, stocks did rally on Tuesday and extended their gains on Wednesday on a report that President Donald Trump will delay tariffs on auto imports. Washington Post, "Trump’s Trade War Puts Animal Spirits on the Endangered List," 18 Sep. 2019 Provincial police chief Joel Limson said the truck was negotiating a downhill road in Tboli town in South Cotabato province when its brakes apparently failed and plummeted down a ravine, pinning 15 people to death. Fox News, "20 Philippine villagers killed when truck falls off cliff," 17 Sep. 2019 As the sun dips below the horizon one last time—not to rise again until spring—the icy seascape darkens, the temperatures plummet, and the sea ice swells into a brutal fortress, so thick that no icebreaker can penetrate it. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," 17 Sep. 2019 Video cameras from nearby homes captured Aiello’s car at his stepdaughter’s home during the time period Navarra’s heart rate spiked and then plummeted. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "The Scanner: Oakland police seek help in beloved street food vendor’s killing," 16 Sep. 2019 From 2013 through 2017, traffic fatalities in New York dropped 28%, and pedestrians deaths plummeted 45%. Los Angeles Times, "Pedestrians die every 90 minutes in the U.S., and low-income areas are hurt most," 16 Sep. 2019 Research funded in part by the federal government determined such treatments imperil the pinyon jay, whose population has plummeted 85 percent since 1970. Jennifer Oldham, National Geographic, "Forests on Utah’s public lands may soon be torn out. Here’s why.," 3 Sep. 2019 Mazzarese said morale in the firehouse has plummeted and as many as a half-dozen volunteers have walked away from the fire station out of frustration, leaving them with eight stalwarts. NBC News, "Florida firefighters says firehouse destroyed by Hurricane Michael now a life or death issue," 23 Aug. 2019 Declines have been more precipitous and widespread than previously understood, with the river’s 13 major wild sockeye salmon populations plummeting by 56% to 99% over the period from 1913 to 2014, largely because of overfishing. Lesley Evans Ogden, Science | AAAS, "Century-old salmon-smeared notebooks reveal past bounty of fisheries," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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30 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for plummet

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

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plummet

verb
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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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