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Plunge Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    plunge n
  1. a brief swim in water [syn: dip]
  2. a steep and rapid fall v
  3. thrust or throw into; "Immerse yourself in hot water" [syn: immerse]
  4. drop steeply; "the stock market plunged" [syn: dive, plunk]
  5. dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity; "She plunged at it eagerly"
  6. begin with vigor; "He launched into a long diatribe"; "She plunged into a dangerous adventure" [syn: launch]
  7. cause to be immersed; "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text" [syn: immerse]
  8. fall abruptly; "It plunged to the bottom of the well" [syn: dump]
  9. 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]
  10. engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies" [syn: steep, immerse, engulf, engross, absorb, soak up]
Plunge Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. 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.]

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Plunge'

  • Plunge: Plunge may refer to: Plunge (American football), a play in American football. The Plunge , a closed historic swim center in Richmond ...
  • Plunge pool: A plunge pool (or plunge basin or waterfall lake) can be a natural hydrologic fluvial landform feature or a constructed recreational ...
  • The Plunge: The Richmond Municipal Natatorium, affectionately known as The Plunge, is a historic swim center in the Point Richmond neighborhood of ...
  • Polar bear plunge: A polar bear plunge is an event held during the winter where participants enter a body of water despite the low temperature. ...
  • Bus plunge: Bus plunge stories are a nickname for a journalism phenomenon of reporting bus mishaps in short articles that invariably describe the ...

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* Folly, thou conquerest, and I must yieldAgainst stupidity the very godsThemselves contend in vain. Exalted reason,Resplendent daughter of the head divine,Wise foundress of the system of the world,Guide of the stars, who are thou then, if thou,Bound to the tail of folly's uncurb'd steed,Must, vainly shrieking, with the drunken crowd,Eyes open, plunge down headlong in the abyss. - Johann Christian Friedrich von Schiller

* To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It's easy to say no, even if it means dying. - Jean Anouilh

* The degradation which characterizes the state into which you plunge him by punishing him pleases, amuses, and delights him. Deep down he enjoys having gone so far as to deserve being treated in such a way. - Marquis de Sade

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