plung·​er | \ ˈplən-jər How to pronounce plunger (audio) \

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

Examples of plunger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On sale for $25, the kit also comes with a cleaning plunger, straw, inline adapter, extra O-ring seal (used on the input side of the filter), and a mesh bag to keep everything together. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "One of Our Top Rated Backpacking Water Filters Is Only $25 Right Now," 11 Aug. 2020 Students followed along at home, slicing the air with improvised weapons: a toy light saber, a large umbrella, a toilet plunger. Sara Mosle, The Atlantic, "Teaching Theater Through Four Decades of Social Change," 9 Sep. 2020 FedEx) courier on a route full of non-stop visual gags and cameos -- including Andre and Lil Jon, a lunch with Patti LaBelle, and a critical plunger delivery to a fresh-faced Killer Mike. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time: Staff List," 27 Aug. 2020 Press the rubber cup of the plunger down tightly over the drain hole. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Common Home Repairs You Can Do on Your Own," 25 Aug. 2020 This raises the plunger, creating a ring of suction that extracts the irritant right out. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Got a bug bite? This treatment can provide instant relief," 20 Aug. 2020 The Mini, just $17 right now, comes with a 16-ounce mylar pouch, drinking straw, and cleaning plunger. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "One of Our Top Rated Backpacking Water Filters Is Only $25 Right Now," 11 Aug. 2020 Now imagine anything more embarrassing than clogging a toilet and having no plunger. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Unclog a Toilet Without a Plunger," 28 Apr. 2020 Simply fill the outer chamber and insert the filter plunger, place the whole thing on a firm surface, and lean into it. Popular Science, "The 10 most thrilling recreation innovations of 2019," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of plunger

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Plunger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plunger

: 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


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Kids Definition of plunger

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

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