The rapid, uncontrollable descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral.
A severe mental or emotional collapse; emotional breakdown.
- The loss of the third engine threw the plane into a tailspin .
Any sharp, sustained, often uncontrollable descent or decline.
- Just hours after leaving the institution, she suffered another tailspin .
* 2010 September, Chris Sommers, "Merge", , ISSN 1090-5723, volume 16, issue 9, page 77:
- The present stock tailspin proves bankruptcy is imminent.
- 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 .
(archaic) A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.
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(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