Definition of Plunge

1. Noun. A brief swim in water.

Exact synonyms: Dip
Generic synonyms: Swim, Swimming
Derivative terms: Dip



2. Verb. Thrust or throw into. "They plunge the object in the water"; "Immerse yourself in hot water"
Exact synonyms: Immerse
Generic synonyms: Penetrate, Perforate
Specialized synonyms: Dip, Douse, Dunk, Souse, Dip, Dip, Submerge, Submerse, Soak, Sheathe
Derivative terms: Plunger, Plunger, Plunger

3. Noun. A steep and rapid fall.
Generic synonyms: Drop, Fall

4. Verb. Drop steeply. "The stock market is going to plunge "; "The stock market plunged"
Exact synonyms: Dive, Plunk
Specialized synonyms: Power-dive, Nosedive, Duck, Crash-dive, Chute, Jump, Parachute
Generic synonyms: Come Down, Descend, Fall, Go Down
Related verbs: Dump

5. Verb. Dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity. "She plunged at it eagerly"
Related verbs: Launch
Generic synonyms: Dart, Dash, Flash, Scoot, Scud, Shoot

6. Verb. Begin with vigor. "She plunged into a dangerous adventure"
Exact synonyms: Launch
Generic synonyms: Begin, Commence, Get, Get Down, Set About, Set Out, Start, Start Out

7. Verb. Cause to be immersed. "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text"
Exact synonyms: Immerse
Causes: Absorb, Engross, Engulf, Immerse, Soak Up, Steep
Related verbs: Absorb, Engross, Engulf, Immerse, Soak Up, Steep
Derivative terms: Immersion

8. Verb. Fall abruptly. "It plunged to the bottom of the well"
Exact synonyms: Dump
Related verbs: Dive, Plunk
Generic synonyms: Drop
Derivative terms: Plunger

9. Verb. Immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate. "Dip the brush into the paint"
Exact synonyms: Dip, Douse, Dunk, Souse
Specialized synonyms: Sop, Dip, Douse, Duck, Dabble
Generic synonyms: Immerse
Derivative terms: Dip, Dipper, Dousing, Dunkard, Plunger, Souse

10. Verb. Devote (oneself) fully to. "He immersed himself into his studies"
Exact synonyms: Absorb, Engross, Engulf, Immerse, Soak Up, Steep
Related verbs: Immerse
Generic synonyms: Center, Centre, Concentrate, Focus, Pore, Rivet
Specialized synonyms: Drink, Drink In
Derivative terms: Absorption, Engrossment, Engrossment, Engrossment, Immersion

Definition of Plunge

1. v. t. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Definition of Plunge

1. Noun. the act of plunging or submerging ¹

2. Noun. a dive, leap, rush, or pitch into (into water) ¹

3. Noun. (figuratively) the act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse ¹

4. Noun. (slang) heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) an immersion in difficulty, embarrassment, or distress; the condition of being surrounded or overwhelmed; a strait; difficulty ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) to thrust into water, or into any substance that is penetrable; to immerse; ¹

7. Verb. (figuratively transitive) to cast or throw into some thing, state, condition or action ¹

8. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) to baptize by immersion ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) to dive, leap or rush (into water or some liquid); to submerge one's self ¹

10. Verb. (figuratively intransitive) to fall or rush headlong into some thing, action, state or condition ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) to pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently forward, as a horse does ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive slang) to bet heavily and with seeming recklessness on a race, or other contest; in an extended sense, to risk large sums in hazardous speculations ¹

13. Verb. (intransitive obsolete) to entangle or embarrass (mostly used in past participle) ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive obsolete) to overwhelm, overpower ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Plunge

1. to throw or thrust suddenly or forcibly into something [v PLUNGED, PLUNGING, PLUNGES]

Medical Definition of Plunge

1. 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." "Bound and plunged him into a cell." (Tennyson) "We shall be plunged into perpetual errors." (I. Watts) 2. To baptize by immersion. 3. To entangle; to embarrass; to overcome. "Plunged and graveled with three lines of Seneca." (Sir T. Browne) Origin: OE. Ploungen, OF. Plongier, F. Plonger, fr. (assumed) LL. Plumbicare, fr. L. Plumbum lead. See Plumb. 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. "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?" (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. Plunge bath, an immersion by plunging; also, a large bath in which the bather can wholly immerse himself. 5. Plunge, or plunging, battery, a voltaic battery so arranged that the plates can be plunged into, or withdrawn from, the exciting liquid at pleasure. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Plunge

plumule
plumules
plumulose
plumy
plunder
plunderable
plunderage
plundered
plunderer
plunderers
plunderfish
plunderfishes
plundering
plunderous
plunders
plunge (current term)
plunge bra
plunge waterfall
plunge waterfalls
plunged
plunger
plunger mute
plungerlike
plungers
plunges
plunging
plungingly
plungings
plunk
plunk down

Literary usage of Plunge

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1. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1874)
"Quite dis- Question of the plunge. ' miss from your mind any reference whatever to present ' circumstances at home. Nothing can put them right, ..."

2. Manual of Serum Diagnosis: Deep Breathing and a Complete System for by Bernarr Macfadden, Otto Rostoski (1904)
"... BATHS NEEDED ONLY FOR KEEPING THE BODY PERFECTLY CLEAN AND WHOLESOME—COLD BATH A RARE TONIC—VALUE OF plunge AND SHOWER BATHS —PROPER TIME TO TAKE BATH. ..."

3. Methods of Practical Hygiene by Karl Bernhard Lehmann (1893)
"Appearance of the gelatine plunge-culture, examination of colour, odour, liquefaction of gelatine, manner and rapidity of growth. ..."

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