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plummet

[pluhm-it] /ˈplʌm ɪt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
something that weighs down or depresses.
verb (used without object)
3.
to plunge.
Origin of plummet
1350-1400
1350-1400; (noun) Middle English plommet < Middle French, diminutive of plomb lead; (v.) derivative of the noun See plumb, -et
Related forms
unplummeted, adjective
Synonyms
3. fall, dive, drop, swoop.
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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.

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

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  • 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

plummet

/ˈplʌmɪt/
verb -mets, -meting, -meted
1.
(intransitive) to drop down; plunge
noun
2.
another word for plumb bob
3.
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

plummet

n.

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.)).

v.

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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