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Freefall vs. Plummet

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Freefallnoun

(physics) The state of being in a motion affected by no acceleration (force) other than that provided by gravity.

Plummetnoun

(archaic) A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water, a plumb bob or a plumb line

Freefallnoun

(common usage) The state of falling with no interference from outside forces other than the air resistance (no open parachute, etc.)

Plummetnoun

(archaic) Hence, any weight

Freefallnoun

(by extension) The state of worsening out of control.

‘As civil war continues in Iraq, the U.S. president's approval ratings are in freefall.’;

Plummetnoun

(archaic) A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing (that is, to mark with rules, with lines)

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Freefallverb

To drop in a state of freefall.

‘A base jumper attempts to freefall for as long as possible before triggering the parachute.’;

Plummetnoun

A plummet line, a line with a plummet; a sounding line

Plummetnoun

Violent or dramatic fall

Plummetnoun

(figuratively) A decline; a fall; a drop

Plummetverb

(intransitive) To drop swiftly, in a direct manner; to fall quickly.

‘After its ascent, the arrow plummeted to earth.’;

Plummetnoun

A piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water.

‘I'll sink him deeper than e'er plummet sounded.’;

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Plummetnoun

A plumb bob or a plumb line. See under Plumb, n.

Plummetnoun

Hence, any weight.

Plummetnoun

A piece of lead formerly used by school children to rule paper for writing.

Plummetnoun

the metal bob of a plumb line

Plummetverb

drop sharply;

‘The stock market plummeted’;

Plummetverb

fall or drop straight down at high speed

‘a climber was killed when he plummeted 300 feet down an icy gully’;

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Plummetverb

decrease rapidly in value or amount

‘hardware sales plummeted’;

Plummetnoun

a steep and rapid fall or drop

‘the bird has a circular display flight followed by an earthward plummet’;

Plummetnoun

a plumb or plumb line.

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