verb (plummets, plummeting, plummeted)[no object]
- 1Fall or drop straight down at high speed: a climber was killed when he plummeted 300 feet down an icy gullyMore example sentences
- If he fell, he would plummet 60 feet straight down onto the jumble of boulders strewn at the base.
- Without warning, he dropped straight down, plummeting toward the ground far below.
- Requiring nerves of steel, speed sky diving involves plummeting from a plane at more than 300 mph.
- 1.1Decrease rapidly in value or amount: hardware sales plummetedMore example sentences
- The sale was abruptly halted, the value of the painting plummeted and the they decided to sue.
- She said she knew of people whose property values had plummeted, and others who had been deterred from moving to the area as a result of the threat.
- She said the value of houses has plummeted so low landlords are able to buy property at rock bottom cost and then rent them out for profit.
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- 1A steep and rapid fall or drop.More example sentences
- His body was pushed back in the seat by the fall, the plummet sending his adrenaline running through his veins.
- Somehow he has turned our headlong plummet into the sign of hope for the future.
- The building began it's plummet, falling forward.
- 2A plumb or plumb line.More example sentences
- With a heavy plummet, I plumb the depth and set the float so that about half the float's length is protruding above the surface.
- All we are going to do is put a plummet on and lower it in, tight to the margins, turn sideways to drop it right in at the edge of the vegetation.
late Middle English (as a noun): from Old French plommet 'small sounding lead', diminutive of plomb 'lead'. The current verb sense dates from the 1930s.