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.
2. Hence, a desperate hazard or act; a state of being submerged or overwhelmed with difficulties. [R.]
She was brought to that plunge, to conceal her husband's murder or accuse her son. --Sir P. Sidney.
And with thou not reach out a friendly arm,
To raise me from amidst this plunge of sorrows? --Addison.
3. The act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse.
4. Heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation. [Cant]
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Plunge battery, or plunging battery Elec., a voltaic battery so arranged that the plates can be plunged into, or withdrawn from, the exciting liquid at pleasure.
Plunge v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plunged p. pr. & vb. n. Plunging ]
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.”
Bound and plunged him into a cell. --Tennyson.
We shall be plunged into perpetual errors. --I. Watts.
2. To baptize by immersion.
3. To entangle; to embarrass; to overcome. [Obs.]
Plunged and graveled with three lines of Seneca. --Sir T. Browne.
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.
Forced to plunge naked in the raging sea. --Dryden.
To plunge into guilt of a murther. --Tillotson.
2. To pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently forward, as a horse does.
Some wild colt, which . . . flings and plunges. --Bp. Hall.
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]
Plunging fire Gun., firing directed upon an enemy from an elevated position.
n 1: a brief swim in water [syn: dip]
2: a steep and rapid fall
v 1: thrust or throw into; "Immerse yourself in hot water" [syn:
2: drop steeply; "the stock market plunged" [syn: dive, plunk]
3: dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity; "She
plunged at it eagerly"
4: begin with vigor; "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She
plunged into a dangerous adventure" [syn: launch]
5: cause to be immersed; "The professor plunged his students
into the study of the Italian text" [syn: immerse]
6: fall abruptly; "It plunged to the bottom of the well" [syn:
7: immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or
saturate; "dip the garment into the cleaning solution";
"dip the brush into the paint" [syn: dunk, dip, souse,
8: engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his
studies" [syn: steep, immerse, engulf, engross, absorb,