1 a brief swim in water [syn: dip]
2 a steep and rapid fall
1 thrust or throw into; "Immerse yourself in hot water" [syn: immerse]
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: dump]
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, douse]
8 engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies" [syn: steep, immerse, engulf, engross, absorb, soak up]
- 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.
- Hence, a desperate hazard or act; a state of being submerged or overwhelmed with difficulties.
- The act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse.
- Heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation.
- 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 baptize by immersion.
- To entangle; to embarrass; to overcome.
- 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.
- To pitch or throw one's self headlong or violently forward, as a horse does.
- To bet heavily and with seeming recklessness on a race, or other contest; in an extended sense, to risk large sums in hazardous speculations.
The term Plunge has multiple meanings:
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