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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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British Dictionary definitions for plummeting

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 plummeting

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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