Plunge

Definition of Plunge

v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Plunged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Plunging .]
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.
Plunged and graveled with three lines of Seneca.
- Sir T. Browne.
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.
Plunging fire
(Gun.) firing directed upon an enemy from an elevated position.
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.
2.Hence, a desperate hazard or act; a state of being submerged or overwhelmed with difficulties.
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.
Plunge bath
an immersion by plunging; also, a large bath in which the bather can wholly immerse himself.
Plunge battery
(Elec.) a voltaic battery so arranged that the plates can be plunged into, or withdrawn from, the exciting liquid at pleasure.

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