American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See plumb bob.
- n. Something that weighs down or oppresses; a burden.
- v. To fall straight down; plunge.
- v. To decline suddenly and steeply: Stock prices plummeted.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of lead or other metal attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water, determining the vertical, etc.
- n. An instrument used by carpenters, masons, and others in adjusting erections to a vertical line; a plumb-rule.
- n. The pommel or knob on the hilt of a sword.
- n. A weight.
- n. A piece of lead formerly used by school-boys to rule paper for writing.
- To weight with plummets, or as with plummets.
- n. archaic A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.
- n. archaic A plumb bob or a plumb line.
- n. archaic Hence, any weight.
- n. archaic A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing
- n. a plummet line, a line with a plummet; a sounding line.
- n. Violent or dramatic fall
- n. figuratively decline; fall; drop
- v. intransitive To drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.
- n. A plumb bob or a plumb line. See under Plumb, n.
- n. Hence, any weight.
- n. A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing.
- v. drop sharply
- n. the metal bob of a plumb line
- From Old English plommet ("ball of lead", "plumb of a bob-line"), recorded since 1382, from Old French plommet or plomet, the diminutive of plom, plum ("lead", "sounding lead"), from Latin plumbum ("lead"). The verb is first recorded in 1626, originally meaning "to fathom, take soundings", from the noun. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English plomet, from Old French, ball of lead, diminutive of plom, plomb, sounding lead, from Latin plumbum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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