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  1. present participle of plunge


plunging (not comparable)

  1. That descends steeply.
  2. Aimed from higher ground, as fire upon an enemy.
  3. (of the neckline of a dress) Very low-cut.

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plunging (plural plungings)

  1. An occurrence of putting or sinking under water or other fluid.
  2. A headlong violent motion like that of a horse trying to throw its rider.
    • 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.