from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To throw or place heavily or abruptly.
- intransitive verb To strum or pluck (a stringed instrument).
- intransitive verb To drop or fall abruptly or heavily; plump.
- intransitive verb To emit a hollow twanging sound.
- noun Informal A heavy blow or stroke.
- noun A short hollow twanging sound.
- adverb With a short hollow thud.
- adverb Exactly; precisely.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To strike suddenly, with a dull sound; knock; bang: as, they plunked him with stones.
- To knock (away); knock (from).
- To shoot; fill full of ‘lead’ (missiles).
- To pluck (a stringed instrument) so as to produce a low or deep sound; in general, twang.
- To make or emit an abrupt and usually heavy sound: especially used of the rough sounding of a stringed instrument, and sometimes strung out with arbitrary variations (as in the quotation).
- To croak or cry as a raven.
- To plunge or drop down abruptly.
- Suddenly; plump: as, he came plunk against the half-open door.
- noun A hard, dull blow: as, to hit one a plunk.
- noun A twang; a twanging sound: as, the plunk-plunk of the banjo.
- noun A dollar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To pluck and release quickly (a musical string); to twang.
- transitive verb To throw, push, drive heavily, plumply, or suddenly; ; also, to hit or strike.
- transitive verb Scot. To be a truant from (school).
- intransitive verb To make a quick, hollow, metallic, or harsh sound, as by pulling hard on a taut string and quickly releasing it; of a raven, to croak.
- intransitive verb To drop or sink down suddenly or heavily; to plump.
- intransitive verb Scot. To play truant, or “hooky”.
- noun colloq. Act or sound of plunking.
- noun obsolete, United States, United States A large sum of money.
- noun United States A dollar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb To
dropor throw heavily(onto or into something) so that it makes a sound
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground
- noun a hollow twanging sound
- verb drop steeply
- adverb with a short hollow thud
- noun (baseball) hitting a baseball so that it drops suddenly
- verb pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
- verb set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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You are seeing some time laps of tinker-toy-type construction that goes on up there, as they use the robot arms to just kind of plunk it right on.
The fiord, by my recollection, is never more than a mile or a mile and a half wide at the utmost, and we came "plunk" up against the head of this fiord with a 3650-foot cliff, which we scaled, and tried to make our charts or cross observations from the top.
They heard the dull "plunk" of his sinker as he flung it into a deep, still pool.
For a time no sound was heard save the dull "plunk" of sinkers as the lines, one by one, were flung into the water.
After dinner they would sit together on the veranda, watching the moon rise over the rim of that wonderful valley, listening to the tree-toads in noisy convention or hearkening to the "plunk" of a trout leaping in the river below.
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