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Definition of PLUNGE

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Plunge \Plunge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plunged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plunging}.] [OE. ploungen, OF. plongier, F. plonger, fr. (assumed) LL. plumbicare, fr. L. plumbum lead. See {Plumb}.]
     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." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              Bound and plunged him into a cell.    --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

              We shall be plunged into perpetual errors. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

     2. To baptize by immersion.
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     3. To entangle; to embarrass; to overcome. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              Plunged and graveled with three lines of Seneca.
                                                    --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Plunge \Plunge\, n.
     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. [1913 Webster]

     2. Hence, a desperate hazard or act; a state of being submerged or overwhelmed with difficulties. [R.] [1913 Webster]

              She was brought to that plunge, to conceal her husband's murder or accuse her son.   --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

              And with thou not reach out a friendly arm, To raise me from amidst this plunge of sorrows?
                                                    --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     3. The act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse. [1913 Webster]

     4. Heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation. [Cant] [1913 Webster]

     {Plunge bath}, an immersion by plunging; also, a large bath in which the bather can wholly immerse himself.

     {Plunge battery}, or {plunging battery} (Elec.), a voltaic battery so arranged that the plates can be plunged into, or withdrawn from, the exciting liquid at pleasure. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Plunge \Plunge\, v. i.
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Forced to plunge naked in the raging sea. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              To plunge into guilt of a murther.    --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

     2. To pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently forward, as a horse does. [1913 Webster]

              Some wild colt, which . . . flings and plunges.
                                                    --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

     3. To bet heavily and with seeming recklessness on a race, or other contest; in an extended sense, to risk large sums in hazardous speculations. [Cant] [1913 Webster]

     {Plunging fire} (Gun.), firing directed upon an enemy from an elevated position. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

379 Moby Thesaurus words for "plunge":
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