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  1. Present participle of plunge.


plunging (plural plungings)

  1. An occurrence in which something or someone plunges
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick; or The Whale[1]:
      Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; [] .
    • 1881, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), The Prince and The Pauper, Complete[2]:
      Then followed a confusion of kicks, cuffs, tramplings and plungings, accompanied by a thunderous intermingling of volleyed curses, and finally a bitter apostrophe to the mule, which must have broken its spirit, for hostilities seemed to cease from that moment.