Tailspin vs Plummet - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between tailspin and plummet

is that tailspin is the rapid, uncontrollable descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral while plummet is (archaic) a piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.

As a verb plummet is

to drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly.

tailspin

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • The rapid, uncontrollable descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral.
  • The loss of the third engine threw the plane into a tailspin .
  • A severe mental or emotional collapse; emotional breakdown.
  • Just hours after leaving the institution, she suffered another tailspin .
  • Any sharp, sustained, often uncontrollable descent or decline.
  • The present stock tailspin proves bankruptcy is imminent.
  • * 2010 September, Chris Sommers, "Merge", , ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 77:
  • St. Louis, the fourth-largest U.S. city in 1900, is fading fast. Jobs, and airline, an educated population—all gone or in a tailspin .

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    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

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