Plummet line
Plummet Plum"met, n. [OE. plommet, OF. plommet, fr. plom, plum, lead, F. plomb. See {Plumb}.] 1. A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water. [1913 Webster]

I'll sink him deeper than e'er plummet sounded. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A plumb bob or a plumb line. See under {Plumb}, n. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, any weight. [1913 Webster]

4. A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing. [1913 Webster]

{Plummet line}, a line with a plummet; a sounding line. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Plummet — Plum met, n. [OE. plommet, OF. plommet, fr. plom, plum, lead, F. plomb. See {Plumb}.] 1. A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water. [1913 Webster] I ll sink him deeper than e er plummet sounded. Shak. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plummet — may refer to one of the following:* Plumb bob, a weight with a pointed tip on the bottom that is suspended from a string and used as a reference line that is perpendicular to the ground *Sinker (fishing) * Plummet (musicians), a trance duo: See… …   Wikipedia

  • plummet — ► VERB (plummeted, plummeting) 1) fall or drop straight down at high speed. 2) decrease rapidly in value or amount. ► NOUN 1) a steep and rapid fall or drop. 2) a plumb bob or plumb line. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • plummet — {{11}}plummet (n.) late 14c., ball of lead, plumb of a bob line, from O.Fr. plomet, dim. of plom sounding lead (see PLUMB (Cf. plumb) (n.)). {{12}}plummet (v.) 1620s, from PLUMMET (Cf. plummet) (n.). Originally to fathom, take soundings; meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

  • plummet — 1. noun /ˈplʌm.ət/ a) A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water. Ill sink him deeper than eer plummet sounded. Shak. b) A plumb bob or a plumb line. His parachute was shot half away, and if hed jumped he would have… …   Wiktionary

  • plummet — plum|met [ˈplʌmıt] v also plummet down [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: plummet [i] metal weight on a plumb line (14 21 centuries), from Old French plommet small ball of lead , from plomb; PLUMB1] 1.) to suddenly and quickly decrease in value or amount …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plummet — n. & v. n. 1 a plumb or plumb line. 2 a sounding line. 3 a weight attached to a fishing line to keep the float upright. v.intr. (plummeted, plummeting) fall or plunge rapidly. Etymology: ME f. OF plommet dimin. (as PLUMB(1)) …   Useful english dictionary

  • plummet — /plum it/, n. 1. Also called plumb bob. a piece of lead or some other weight attached to a line, used for determining perpendicularity, for sounding, etc.; the bob of a plumb line. 2. something that weighs down or depresses. v.i. 3. to plunge.… …   Universalium

  • plummet — plum•met [[t]ˈplʌm ɪt[/t]] n. 1) bui sur the piece of lead or other weight attached to a plumb line; bob of a plumb line 2) to fall straight or sharply down; plunge • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME plommet < MF, dim. of plomb lead. See plumb, et …   From formal English to slang

  • plummet — I. noun Etymology: Middle English plomet, from Anglo French plumet, plomet, from plum lead, lead weight more at plumb Date: 14th century plumb; also plumb line II. intransitive verb Date: 1937 1. to fall perpendicularly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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