plunger

noun plung·er \ ˈplən-jər \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of plunger

: one that plunges: such as
a : diver
b : a reckless gambler or speculator
c (1) : a sliding reciprocating piece driven by or against fluid pressure; especially : piston
(2) : a piece with a motion like that of a ram or piston
d : a rubber suction cup on a handle used to free plumbing traps and waste outlets of obstructions

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PLUNGER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of plunger for English Language Learners

  • : a tool made of a stick with a rubber cup on the end that is used to clear a blocked pipe in a toilet or sink

  • : a part that moves up and down usually inside a tube or cylinder (such as a syringe) to push something out


PLUNGER Defined for Kids

plunger

noun plung·er \ ˈplən-jər \

Definition of plunger for Students

: a part that moves up and down usually inside a tube or cylinder to push something out


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