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Definition fall or decrease suddenly

Much more rarely, plummet can reference the metal weight of a plumb line. (A plumb line is a cord from which a metal weight is suspended to indicate a straight line downward, or to measure depth.)
  • The stock market plummeted
  • The car rolled down the hill and plummeted off the cliff.
  • Our spirits plummeted when the other team scored with less than a minute in the game.
  • As the pair plummeted down, Vyndra roared with pain and scrabbled wildly to tear the weapon from Max's hand.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I kept expecting one of them to snap and send me plummeting to my death.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Ignorance itself is a plummet o'er me; use me as you will.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The drifts of snow plummeted into the hole, but the mist skipped right across it, as untouched by gravity as it had been by wind.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • A flood of tears soaked through his fingers and his soul seemed to plummet.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • His arrow, passing through, plummeted back and stuck before his feet.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • At first, it was just like any other cell... but two hours into his stay there, the temperature began to plummet.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • I felt sore from my escape with Loor and our plummet into the sea.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • Another small body plummeted down before Aldo, so close he might have caught it in his hand.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • She had good reason: The least slip would send her plummeting to rocky ground.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Or the pressure of that water as I plummet into inky darkness.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Light as it was, I heard it fall like a plummet.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I wrapped my arms around the rail, and we plummeted straight down.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Three more men plummeted past me and we came to a small landing and a turn.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • She felt her heart plummet, though she knew this was only her own doing.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Sometime in the mid-fifties his star began to plummet.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Then he began to plummet, gazing in horror at the seemingly bottomless chasm beneath him.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege

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