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[pluhm-it] /ˈplʌm ɪt/
Also called plumb bob. a piece of lead or some other weight attached to a line, used for determining perpendicularity, for sounding, etc.; the bob of a plumb line.
something that weighs down or depresses.
verb (used without object)
to plunge.
Origin of plummet
1350-1400; (noun) Middle English plommet < Middle French, diminutive of plomb lead; (v.) derivative of the noun See plumb, -et
Related forms
unplummeted, adjective
3. fall, dive, drop, swoop. Unabridged
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  • White Bear heard an amazed murmur from the crowd, and he himself felt his heart drop as if he plummeted unaware into a deep pit.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • He ripped himself out of the harness and plummeted down the last ten feet, his body driving deep into the icy cold water.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • The bottle fell like a stone, plummeted straight down and crashed into a million fragments on the floor of the satellite.

    The Star Lord Boyd Ellanby
  • Between the cars that plummeted 191 feet to the sea and the people drowned in the trains, the deaths were mounting.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • He plunged deep into icy water and struggled frantically as he plummeted into the depths.

    The Blue Ghost Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for plummeted


verb -mets, -meting, -meted
(intransitive) to drop down; plunge
another word for plumb bob
a lead plumb used by anglers to determine the depth of water
Word Origin
C14: from Old French plommet ball of lead, from plomb lead, from Latin plumbum
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Word Origin and History for plummeted



late 14c., "ball of lead, plumb of a bob-line," from Old French plomet "graphite, lead; plummet, sounding lead," diminutive of plom "sounding lead" (see plumb (n.)).


1620s, "to fathom, take soundings," from plummet (n.). Meaning "to fall rapidly" first recorded 1933, perhaps originally among aviators. Related: Plummeted; plummeting.

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