American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who plunges or dives.
- n. A device consisting of a rubber suction cup attached to the end of a stick, used to unclog drains and pipes. Also called plumber's helper.
- n. A machine part, such as a piston, that operates with a thrusting or plunging movement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which plunges.
- n. A cavalryman; in the plural, cavalry.
- n. A reckless better; a dashing or venturesome gambler or speculator.
- n. A part of a machine or piece of mechanism that plunges. , , , The piston of a Cornish pump. It is a cylindrical mass of iron which plays through a stuffing-box up and down in the plunger-case, and forces the water into the lift or tube, in which it rises to the surface, adit-level, or other desired point
- n. In pottery, a vessel in which clay is beaten by a wheel to the required consistency.
- n. A device that is used to remove blockages from a toilet or sink by suction.
- n. The internal piece of a syringe that pushes out or pulls in any contents.
- n. The sliding activator of an exploder, an electrical generator used to trigger electrical detonators such as blasting caps.
- n. The part of a cafetière that is pushed down to remove grounds from coffee.
- n. One who plunges; a diver.
- n. A device similar to a piston but without a mechanism; a long solid cylinder used, instead of a piston or bucket, as a forcer in pumps.
- n. The moving portion of solenoid.
- n. pinball The spring-loaded assembly that propels the ball onto the table.
- n. dated, slang A reckless gambler.
- n. pottery A boiler in which clay is beaten by a wheel to a creamy consistency.
- n. firearms The firing pin of a breechloader.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, plunges; a diver.
- n. A long solid cylinder, used, instead of a piston or bucket, as a forcer in pumps.
- n. Cant One who bets heavily and recklessly on a race; a reckless speculator.
- n. (Pottery) A boiler in which clay is beaten by a wheel to a creamy consistence.
- n. (Gun.) The firing pin of a breechloader.
- n. hand tool consisting of a stick with a rubber suction cup at one end; used to clean clogged drains
- n. someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains
- n. mechanical device that has a plunging or thrusting motion
- n. someone who dives (into water)
“Once the plunger is in place mix it around a bit as this will stop the grounds from settling in one place at the top of the jar and then after a minute or so you can then press the plunger down.”
“When the plunger is released, Spring 1 expands, which pulls Rod 1 back (remember that the distance can be no more than one unit).”
“The maximum distance between Rod 1 and the plunger is fixed by means of a stop (not shown), so that the plunger can push against Spring 2 which pushes against Rod 1, but Spring 2 cannot push Rod 1 unless the plunger is pushed.”
“The plunger is saved for the member of the crew who had the lousiest — Hochuli uses a profane term — call of the game.”
“June 19th, 2006 at 7: 22 pm katy says: thanks for that reply, for truth – but plunger is not on that list i posted … it was spudge @17 directing WC to 13 – which is a post by WC, so i think spudge meant 11 … so confusing …”
“Explosive sink and toilet plunger is a gift from the gods”
“Well, as I write this by lantern-light I am wondering if my lantern plunger is interchangeable with the one on the stove.”
“A set of dies consists of a top die, also called a plunger, and a bottom die.”
“The plunger is a tube of thin iron, 1/16 inch less in diameter than the hole in the reel, and 1/4 inch longer than the reel.”
“A brass wire at the base of the plunger was a safety device to keep the cap away from a sharp point at the top of the fuze until the shell struck the target.”
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