Plummet vs Diminish - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between plummet and diminish

is that plummet is to drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly while diminish is to disappear gradually.

As verbs the difference between plummet and diminish

is that plummet is to drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly while diminish is to make smaller.

As a noun plummet

is (archaic) a piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.

plummet

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (archaic) A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.
  • * 1610 , , act 3 scene 3
  • I'll sink him deeper than e'er plummet sounded.
  • (archaic) A plumb bob or a plumb line.
  • (archaic) Hence, any weight.
  • * 1945, , Here is Your War: Story of G.I. Joe , The World Publishing Company (1945), page #93:
  • His parachute was shot half away, and if he'd jumped he would have fallen like a plummet .
  • (archaic) A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing
  • a plummet line, a line with a plummet; a sounding line.
  • Violent or dramatic fall
  • (figuratively) decline; fall; drop
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Yet another seriously under-par performance is unlikely to provide any real answers to their remarkable plummet in form - but it proves they can at least churn out a much-needed result. }}

    Verb

  • To drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly.
  • After its ascent, the arrow plummeted to earth.

    Synonyms

    * (to drop swiftly) dive, drop, fall

    Antonyms

    * (to drop swiftly) ascend, rise, rocket, soar, skyrocket

    See also

    * plumb line * plumb

    References

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    diminish

    English

    Verb

    (es)
  • To make smaller.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-12-14
  • , author=Simon Jenkins, authorlink=Simon Jenkins, volume=188, issue=2, page=23 , date=2012-12-21, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= We mustn't overreact to North Korea boys' toys , passage=The threat of terrorism to the British lies in the overreaction to it of British governments. Each one in turn clicks up the ratchet of surveillance, intrusion and security. Each one diminishes liberty.}}
  • To become smaller.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Old soldiers? , passage=Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine.
  • To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.
  • * Robynson (More's Utopia)
  • This doth nothing diminish their opinion.
  • * Bible, Ezekiel xxix. 15
  • I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.
  • * Milton
  • O thou at whose sight all the stars / Hide their diminished heads.
  • To taper.
  • To disappear gradually.
  • To take away; to subtract.
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy iv. 2
  • Neither shall ye diminish aught from it.
  • (music) To reduce a perfect or minor interval by a semitone.
  • Derived terms

    * law of diminishing returns