Crossword clues for plunge
- Drop dramatically
- What some necklines do
- Take the __: risk it
- Sudden dip
- Fall precipitously
- Drop steeply, like the stock market
- Drop steeply
- Drop off quickly
- Drop like a stone
- Dramatic dive
- Dramatic descent
- Daredevil's drop
- Bit of roller coaster drama
- Big drop in the stock market
- Big drop in the market, say
- 800-point drop in the Dow, for instance
- Do something risky and finish in deep water
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Plunge \Plunge\, v. i.
To thrust or cast one's self into water or other fluid; to submerge one's self; to dive, or to rush in; as, he plunged into the river. Also used figuratively; as, to plunge into debt.
Forced to plunge naked in the raging sea.
To plunge into guilt of a murther.
To pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently forward, as a horse does.
Some wild colt, which . . . flings and plunges.
To bet heavily and with seeming recklessness on a race, or other contest; in an extended sense, to risk large sums in hazardous speculations. [Cant]
Plunging fire (Gun.), firing directed upon an enemy from an elevated position.
Plunge \Plunge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plunged; p. pr. & vb. n. Plunging.] [OE. ploungen, OF. plongier, F. plonger, fr. (assumed) LL. plumbicare, fr. L. plumbum lead. See Plumb.]
To thrust into water, or into any substance that is penetrable; to immerse; to cause to penetrate or enter quickly and forcibly; to thrust; as, to plunge the body into water; to plunge a dagger into the breast. Also used figuratively; as, to plunge a nation into war. ``To plunge the boy in pleasing sleep.''
Bound and plunged him into a cell.
We shall be plunged into perpetual errors.
To baptize by immersion.
To entangle; to embarrass; to overcome. [Obs.]
Plunged and graveled with three lines of Seneca.
--Sir T. Browne.
Plunge \Plunge\, n.
The act of thrusting into or submerging; a dive, leap, rush, or pitch into, or as into, water; as, to take the water with a plunge.
Hence, a desperate hazard or act; a state of being submerged or overwhelmed with difficulties. [R.]
She was brought to that plunge, to conceal her husband's murder or accuse her son.
--Sir P. Sidney.
And with thou not reach out a friendly arm, To raise me from amidst this plunge of sorrows?
The act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse.
Heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation. [Cant]
Plunge bath, an immersion by plunging; also, a large bath in which the bather can wholly immerse himself.
Plunge battery, or plunging battery (Elec.), a voltaic battery so arranged that the plates can be plunged into, or withdrawn from, the exciting liquid at pleasure.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "to put or thrust violently into," also intransitive, from Old French plongier "plunge, sink into; plunge into, dive in" (mid-12c., Modern French plonger), from Vulgar Latin *plumbicare "to heave the lead," from Latin plumbum "lead" (see plumb (n.)). Original notion perhaps is of a sounding lead or a fishing net weighted with lead. Related: Plunged; plunging. Plunging neckline attested from 1949.
c.1400, "deep pool," from plunge (v.). From late 15c. as "a sudden pitch forward;" meaning "act of plunging" is from 1711. Figurative use in take the plunge "commit oneself" is from 1845, from earlier noun sense of "point of being in trouble or danger" (1530s).
n. 1 the act of plunging or submerging 2 a dive, leap, rush, or pitch into (into water) 3 (context figuratively English) the act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse 4 (context slang English) heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation 5 (context obsolete English) an immersion in difficulty, embarrassment, or distress; the condition of being surrounded or overwhelmed; a strait; difficulty vb. 1 (label en transitive) To thrust into water, or into any substance that is penetrable; to immerse. 2 (label en figuratively transitive) To cast or throw into some thing, state, condition or action. 3 (label en transitive obsolete) To baptize by immersion. 4 (label en intransitive) To dive, leap or rush (into water or some liquid); to submerge one's self. 5 (label en figuratively intransitive) To fall or rush headlong into some thing, action, state or condition.
n. a brief swim in water [syn: dip]
a steep and rapid fall
v. thrust or throw into; "Immerse yourself in hot water" [syn: immerse]
dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity; "She plunged at it eagerly"
begin with vigor; "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure" [syn: launch]
cause to be immersed; "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text" [syn: immerse]
fall abruptly; "It plunged to the bottom of the well" [syn: dump]
Plungė (, Samogitian: Plongė, Yiddish: פּלונגיאַן) is a city in Lithuania with 23,246 inhabitants. It has a crab stick factory which exports to many countries in Europe.
Before World War II, Plungė had a large Jewish population (see The Holocaust in Lithuania).
Plunge may refer to:
- Plunge (American football), a play in American football
- Plunge (geology), the inclination of a surface or axis of an anticline to the horizontal
- The Plunge, a historic swim center in Richmond California
- Plunge Creek, a river in Alaska
- Plungė, a city in Lithuania
- Plunge was the former name for the American rock band Cinder Road
- Plunge, a type of waterfall
- Plunge (gambling), sudden support for a horse in a race
- A swim center in Belmont Park (San Diego)
- Plunge for distance, a former diving event
Usage examples of "plunge".
He was like an acrophobe edging along a precipitous path, scared to look down, afraid of losing his balance and falling accidentally, afraid too of the impulse that might lead him to plunge purposefully into the void.
The truly afflicting condition in which the remains of an army called triumphant were plunged, produced, as might well be expected, a corresponding impression on the mind of the General-in-Chief.
Hast thou plunged thy house in calamity, and will no worthier wish occur to thee, than to leave it to its sorrows and distress, with the aggravating pangs of causing thy afflicting, however blamable self-desertion?
In the above incidents, those gentle moralizers who find the serious philosophy of the music dramas too terrifying for them, may allegorize pleasingly on the philtre as the maddening chalice of passion which, once tasted, causes the respectable man to forget his lawfully wedded wife and plunge into adventures which eventually lead him headlong to destruction.
Mistress Anan studied him with her arms folded beneath her breasts in a way that increased the generous cleavage displayed by her plunging neckline.
Cola di Rienzi that plunged Rome into anarchy, the plague came as the peak of successive calamities.
After relieving myself, anticipating the end of detachment and a plunge into ecstasy, I turned about only to find Xaefyer waiting for me just beyond the doorway.
What I learned now was that the LSD retreat and inward plunge can be compared to an essential schizophrenia, and the antinomianism of contemporary youth to a paranoid schizophrenia.
I learned now was that the LSD retreat and inward plunge can be compared to an essential schizophrenia, and the antinomianism of contemporary youth to a paranoid schizophrenia.
A shriek of astounded terror accompanied his plunge to the flagstones below.
And while in ballooning there is no wind, since the balloon is a part of the wind, flying is a wild perpetual creation of and plunging into wind.
He barked with fury, and before his master could restrain him, he had plunged a second time into the lake.
Gilles and Anisia, married less than two months, had seemed young and frightened, full of childish trepidations, their mourning for Thomas Blas more a matter of alarm that they had been plunged into the charge of an isolated rural estate than of grief at his untimely death.
Pope, in the center of the picture, who is talking with the bonnetless Doge--talking tranquilly, too, although within twelve feet of them a man is beating a drum, and not far from the drummer two persons are blowing horns, and many horsemen are plunging and rioting about--indeed, twenty-two feet of this great work is all a deep and happy holiday serenity and Sunday-school procession, and then we come suddenly upon eleven and one-half feet of turmoil and racket and insubordination.
If her last plunge snapped off the bowsprit, his task would be complete.