plunger

noun

plung·​er ˈplən-jər How to pronounce plunger (audio)
: 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 Before theater seating opened, Mark Gibson kept us glued to his card deck, at one point finding the card a fellow guest chose by cutting the deck with the assistance of a tiny plunger. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 The boat will feature two ladders for cold plungers, and the company plans to run deicers in the plunge area to prevent the water from freezing over. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 14 June 2024 Admittedly, the special effects are goofy enough to cross over into comedy, especially when our girls are abseiling into a restaurant or climbing walls with plungers, and the lighting could be charitably described as resembling teen soap operas of that era. Bessie Yuill, Vulture, 25 Mar. 2024 The plunger variable was there because in some situations, like high groundwater levels due to snow melt, the water might enter the burrow without filling it. Popular Science Staff, Popular Science, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for plunger 

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plunger was in 1611

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“Plunger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plunger. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

plunger

noun
plung·​er ˈplən-jər How to pronounce plunger (audio)
: one that plunges: as
a
: a device (as a piston in a pump) that acts with a plunging motion
b
: a rubber suction cup on a handle used to free plumbing traps and waste outlets of something blocking them

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