(archaic) A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.
* 1610 , , act 3 scene 3
(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:
- I'll sink him deeper than e'er plummet sounded.
(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
- His parachute was shot half away, and if he'd jumped he would have fallen like a plummet .
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To drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly.
- After its ascent, the arrow plummeted to earth.
* (to drop swiftly) dive, drop, fall
* (to drop swiftly) ascend, rise, rocket, soar, skyrocket
* plumb line
From (etyl) dippen, from (etyl) dyppan, from (etyl) , Dutch dopen, German taufen.
A lower section of a road or geological feature.
Inclination downward; direction below a horizontal line; slope; pitch.
The action of dipping or plunging for a moment into a liquid.
- There is a dip in the road ahead.
A tank or trough where cattle or sheep are immersed in chemicals to kill parasites.
A dip stick.
A swim, usually a short swim to refresh.
- the dip of oars in unison
(colloquial, dated) A pickpocket.
* 1906 , Fred L. Boalt, "
- I'm going for a dip before breakfast.
The Snitcher", McClure's Magazine v.26, p.633
A sauce for dipping.
- The Moocher was a "dip " in a dilettante sort of way, and his particular graft was boarding street-cars with his papers and grabbing women's pocket-books.
(geology) The angle from horizontal of a planar geologic surface, such as a fault line.
(archaic) A dipped candle.
- This onion dip is just scrumptious.
* lucky dip
To lower into a liquid.
* 1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula) Chapter 21
- Dip your biscuit into your tea .
To immerse oneself; to become plunged in a liquid; to sink.
- He dipped the end of a towel in cold water and with it began to flick him on the face, his wife all the while holding her face between her hands and sobbing in a way that was heart breaking to hear.
(of a value or rate) To decrease slightly.
To lower a light's beam.
- The sun's rim dips ; the stars rush out.
To lower (a flag), particularly a national ensign, to a partially hoisted position in order to render or to return a salute. While lowered, the flag is said to be “at the dip.” A flag being carried on a staff may be dipped by leaning it forward at an approximate angle of 45 degrees.
- Dip your lights as you meet an oncoming car.
To treat cattle or sheep by immersion in chemical solution.
- “The sailor rushed to the flag hoist to dip the flag in return.”
To use a dip stick to check oil level in an engine.
To consume snuff by placing a pinch behind the lip or under the tongue so that the active chemical constituents of the snuff may be absorbed into the system for their narcotic effect.
To immerse for baptism.
- The farmer is going to dip the cattle today.
* Charles Wheatly, A rational illustration of the Book of Common Prayer
To wet, as if by immersing; to moisten.
- during the reigns of King James and King Charles I, there were but very few children dipped in the font.
To plunge or engage thoroughly in any affair.
- A cold shuddering dew / Dips me all o'er.
To take out, by dipping a dipper, ladle, or other receptacle, into a fluid and removing a part; often with out .
- He was dipt in the rebellion of the Commons.
To perform the action of plunging a dipper, ladle. etc. into a liquid or soft substance and removing a part.
- to dip''' water from a boiler; to '''dip out water
To engage as a pledge; to mortgage.
- Whoever dips too deep will find death in the pot.
To perform (a bow or curtsey) by inclining the body.
To incline downward from the plane of the horizon.
- Live on the use and never dip thy lands.
- Strata of rock dip .
* you don't dip your pen in company ink