Plunge

Plunge

, 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.
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2. Hence, a desperate hazard or act; a state of being submerged or overwhelmed with difficulties. [R.]
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She was brought to that plunge, to conceal her husband's murder or accuse her son.
Sir P. Sidney.
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And with thou not reach out a friendly arm,
To raise me from amidst this plunge of sorrows?
Addison.
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3. The act of pitching or throwing one's self headlong or violently forward, like an unruly horse.
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4. Heavy and reckless betting in horse racing; hazardous speculation. [Cant]
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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 -- Plunge battery, or plunging battery (Elec.), a voltaic battery so arranged that the plates can be plunged into, or withdrawn from, the exciting liquid at pleasure.
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