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

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Failing to cover these holes greatly diminishes the air pressure of the plunger. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Unclog a Drain," 26 Jan. 2019 To have to turn around and push a plunger is difficult. Melissa Chan, Time, "Veterinarians Face Unique Issues That Make Suicide One of the Profession's Big Worries," 12 Sep. 2019 Sure enough, by mid-morning several stretches of the road that had been flush with plungers earlier in the day had already been cleared out or snapped. Mitchell Byars, The Denver Post, "Plunger “protected” bike lane appears on 30th Street in Boulder," 28 Aug. 2019 While one officer searched for drugs in the truck, Palya rummaged through her purse for a lighter and the other officer noticed a syringe plunger in the purse, the statement reads. Mary Grace Keller,, "Westminster woman charged with intent to distribute after police allegedly find narcotics in her purse, rectum," 23 Aug. 2019 Sometimes, parents may find just the plunger, the non-needle side of the syringe, which resembles a marker cover. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "7 things to look for in a teen's bedroom that can tell you he or she is doing drugs," 22 July 2019 For more serious professional-level pressure-washing jobs, consider the Simpson PowerShot gas pressure washer powered by a Honda GX200 engine and industrial triplex plunger pumps with PowerBoost technology and five quick-connect nozzle tips. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Obliterate Grime With Amazon's Pressure Washer Sale," 18 June 2019 Luigi's ghost-sucking vacuum can now slam ghosts on the ground, use a plunger to pull scenery, and send ghosts away with a burst of air. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Switch Zelda sequel, Animal Crossing headline Nintendo’s E3 event," 11 June 2019 Just add water inside the cup, dip their paws, and gently twist the plunger to clean off the dirt. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "This 4.5 Star Paw Mudbuster Will Help Keep Your Carpet Clean," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of plunger

1611, in the meaning defined above

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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


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

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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