Definition of plummet :
1. A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.
2. A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing.
3. A plumb bob or a plumb line. See under Plumb, n.
4. Hence, any weight.
descend (part of speech: verb)
plunge (part of speech: verb)
- How quickly we learned to use the plummet, take levels, hew the stone, wield the axes! - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
- Ishmael threw himself on his back and lay staring up at the sky as it was slowly drawn past overhead, till with hard gazing the whole world seemed spinning round him and the plummet of his sight was drowned in the shifting heights that seemed to his reeling senses bottomless depths. - "Secret Bread", F. Tennyson Jesse.
- Heels up they go, poet first- a plummet he! - "One of Our Conquerors, Complete", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.