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plunk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv plunk with a short hollow thud "plop came the ball down to the corner of the green"
    • v plunk pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
    • v plunk set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise "He planked the money on the table","He planked himself into the sofa"
    • v plunk drop steeply "the stock market plunged"
    • v plunk make or move along with a sound as of a horse's hooves striking the ground
    • n plunk (baseball) hitting a baseball so that it drops suddenly
    • n plunk a hollow twanging sound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plunk A dollar.
    • Plunk A large sum of money.
    • Plunk Act or sound of plunking.
    • Plunk To be a truant from (school).
    • Plunk To drop or sink down suddenly or heavily; to plump.
    • Plunk 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.
    • Plunk To play truant, or “hooky”.
    • Plunk To pluck and release quickly (a musical string); to twang.
    • Plunk To throw, push, drive heavily, plumply, or suddenly; as, to plunk down a dollar; also, to hit or strike.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • plunk To strike suddenly, with a dull sound; knock; bang: as, they plunked him with stones.
    • plunk To knock (away); knock (from).
    • plunk To shoot; fill full of ‘lead’ (missiles).
    • plunk To pluck (a stringed instrument) so as to produce a low or deep sound; in general, twang.
    • plunk 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).
    • plunk To croak or cry as a raven.
    • plunk To plunge or drop down abruptly.
    • n plunk A hard, dull blow: as, to hit one a plunk.
    • n plunk A twang; a twanging sound: as, the plunk-plunk of the banjo.
    • n plunk A dollar.
    • plunk Suddenly; plump: as, he came plunk against the half-open door.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Imitative

Usage

In literature:

Actually thinks more about an old rascal of a Simian than a handful of plunks.
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
And I knew Merriwell must be stuck on the horse for which he paid a thousand plunks.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
There was two plunks to the employment man; they got half.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
His feet went up into the air and he came down ker-plunk!
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
I was watching the for'ard half of her as it went pitching up, the bowsprit making a quarter circle in the air, and then plunk!
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Just as we hit the sidewalk we hears a front window go up, and down comes a red rose plunk in front of us.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Ain't plunked bad, is he?
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Carlisle'd hand him out a plunk, a case, a buck.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
And when I told 'em about Pete being kept in, they both looks awful solemn and plunks down on the steps to wait for him.
"William Adolphus Turnpike" by William Banks
When the policeman waving his note-book approached the car, it plunked for Tabs.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
If they found ten thousand plunks on me, they'd never let us go!
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
Beneath the wet plunk of the mud John started back, bumping his head against the wall behind him.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Four more plunks followed almost instantly, as every one leaped into the water in his turn.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The frogs plunk into the water as we push past.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
If you don't want to lose me, you have to accept four plunks every Monday.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
I've got forty plunks burning my jeans.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Because it was right plunk in the center of the road.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
It plunked in the free water beyond the ice.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
The two men flung themselves upon the clay, while high-powered bullets plunked on either side of them or soughed overhead.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
We discovered this in the form of a depitation of chiefs and elders, who give us warning it had to stop ker-plunk!
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
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In poetry:

A mighty Wall Street banker
With a whopping lot of power
And an income of somewhere around
A thousand plunks per hour;
"Would You Believe It?" by Ellis Parker Butler
But when he looked so pleased, alack!
She unhooked and plunked him back.--
"I never like to catch what I can,"
Said Miss Medairy Dory-Ann.
"A Session With Uncle Sidney" by James Whitcomb Riley
I'd like to see the Rocks an' Little Lon
Grow centres for the art uv weavin' rhyme,
Wiv dinky 'arps fer blokes to plunk upon,
An' spruiking poits workin' overtime.
"A Guide for Poits" by C J Dennis
Whatcha gonna do when Memphis falls down,
Memphis falls down, Mistah Music Man?
Gonna plunk on dat box as long as it soun'
Gonna plunk dat box fo' to beat de ban',
Gonna tickle dem ivories, oh, my Lawd!
"Memphis Blues" by Sterling A Brown
An' then there come the bay'nit charge.
The blokes to left an' right
They all was cursin' fine and large,
But I keep mum, an' fight.
I plunks a square-'ead in the wind -
"Annoying fellow; there!" I grinned.
"The Invalid" by C J Dennis
'Ere's joy!...Wot was I sayin'? Oh!
Them Germans allush funk
The bay'nit. Take my tip, an' go
Fair for their stummicks - plunk!
Jist stick 'em in the - 'Ere, Miss, 'ere!
Give 'im the soft one! Mine's the beer.
"The Bar-Room Patriot" by C J Dennis

In news:

At Kiva's Web site (kiva.org), you can plunk down a loan of $25 to spot a farmer for pineapple seeds in Nicaragua, or help a fish seller buy cooking oil in Kenya.
Does paying $20 to enter a South Beach club where you have the privilege of plunking down $9 per drink leave your bank account a bit barren.
Big enough fans to plunk down the cash for his show at Wrigley Field a little over a year ago in August.
Your mom went to the store, bought a carton, and then plunked down a tall glass right next to your chocolate chip cookies.
The quickest way to building a stellar sitting rep is to keep those kids entertained…without plunking 'em down in front of the tube.
Susie Mae (Stewart) Plunk, 89, of Rolla passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012.
European telecommunications equipment vendor Ericsson plunks down $2.1 billion to acquire Redback .
America's spy services have just plunked down $58 million to make it real.
Up north this winter, some people are plunking down $1,500 to $4,000 for a snow bike.
Investigators are looking into a report that a piece of uncooked poultry fell from the sky and plunked a teenager on the head.
Plunking of Holliday unintentional .
He learned how to plunk out Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" on an acoustic guitar.
If you've got $50,000 that you've been looking to unload on a new toy, you can plunk it down on a former drug mobile.
Grimm plunked down $65 for the game, part of Waldameer Park & Water World's garage sale.
Grimm plunked down $65 for the game, part of Waldameer Park & Water World's garage sale .
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In science:

The dissertation of Gabriel Galad Plunk is approved.
The theory of gyrokinetic turbulence: A multiple-scales approach
They also found velocityspace scalings in accord with Eq. (252) (using a spectral representation of the correlation functions in the v⊥ space based on the Hankel transform of the distribution function; see Plunk et al. 2009).
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
Plunk for discussions of the theory of gyrokinetic turbulence in two spatial dimensions.
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
The complete derivation and analysis of 2D conservation properties of gyrokinetics in the electrostatic limit, including the invariant (F10), the electrostatic version of Eq. (F1), and their consequences for scalings and cascades, was given by Plunk et al. (2009).
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
Other invariants introduced above can in a similar fashion be argued to give rise to inverse cascades in the hypothetical 2D situations where they are valid and provided there is energy injection at small scales (for the electrostatic case, see Plunk et al. 2009 and numerical simulations by Tatsuno et al. 2009b).
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
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