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Meaning of PLUNGE

Pronunciation:  plunj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a brief swim in water
  2. [n]  a steep and rapid fall
  3. [v]  begin with vigor; "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"
  4. [v]  engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies"
  5. [v]  cause to be immersed; "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text"
  6. [v]  immerse into a liquid; "dunk the bread into the soup"
  7. [v]  Thrust or throw into; "Immerse yourself in the hot water"
  8. [v]  dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity; "She plunged at it eagerly"
  9. [v]  drop steeply; "the stock market plunged"
  10. [v]  fall abruptly; "It plunged to the bottom of the well"

PLUNGE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: absorb, dip, dip, dive, douse, dunk, engross, engulf, immerse, launch, plunk, soak up, souse, steep
 See Also: begin, center, centre, come down, commence, concentrate, crash-dive, dabble, dart, dash, descend, drink, drink in, drop, drop, duck, duck, fall, fall, flash, focus, get, go down, immerse, nosedive, parachute, penetrate, perforate, plunge, pore, power-dive, rivet, scoot, scud, set about, set out, sheathe, shoot, sky dive, soak, sop, start, start out, submerge, submerse, swim, swimming



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.]
    1. 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.'' --Dryden.
             Bound and plunged him into a cell.    --Tennyson.
             We shall be plunged into perpetual errors. --I.
    2. To baptize by immersion.
    3. To entangle; to embarrass; to overcome. [Obs.]
             Plunged and graveled with three lines of Seneca.
                                                   --Sir T.
  2. \Plunge\, v. i.
    1. 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. --Dryden.
             To plunge into guilt of a murther.    --Tillotson.
    2. To pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently
       forward, as a horse does.
             Some wild colt, which . . . flings and plunges.
                                                   --Bp. Hall.
    3. 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.
  3. \Plunge\, n.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
             And with thou not reach out a friendly arm, To raise
             me from amidst this plunge of sorrows? --Addison.
    3. The act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or
       violently forward, like an unruly horse.
    4. 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}, or {plunging}, {battery} (Elec.), a voltaic battery
       so arranged that the plates can be plunged into, or
       withdrawn from, the exciting liquid at pleasure.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that something is plunging in your chest or someone else's chest, suggests that some truths are being hidden and/or ignored. You are refusing to acknowledge and confront the truth.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Water flow with a strong downward component, as in outfall drops, overbank falls, and surf attach on a beach.
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