What does plunger mean?

Definitions for plunger
ˈplʌn dʒərplun·ger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. speculator, plungernoun

    someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains

  2. diver, plungernoun

    someone who dives (into water)

  3. plunger, plumber's helpernoun

    hand tool consisting of a stick with a rubber suction cup at one end; used to clean clogged drains

  4. piston, plungernoun

    mechanical device that has a plunging or thrusting motion


  1. plungernoun

    A device that is used to remove blockages from a toilet or sink by suction.

  2. plungernoun

    The internal piece of a syringe that pushes out or pulls in any contents.

  3. plungernoun

    The remote sliding activator of an explosive device.

  4. plungernoun

    The part of a cafetière that is pushed down to remove grounds from coffee.

  5. plungernoun

    One who plunges.

  6. plungernoun

    Device similar to piston but without mechanism.

  7. plungernoun

    The spring-loaded assembly that propels the ball onto the table.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plungernoun

    one who, or that which, plunges; a diver

  2. Plungernoun

    a long solid cylinder, used, instead of a piston or bucket, as a forcer in pumps

  3. Plungernoun

    one who bets heavily and recklessly on a race; a reckless speculator

  4. Plungernoun

    a boiler in which clay is beaten by a wheel to a creamy consistence

  5. Plungernoun

    the firing pin of a breechloader


  1. Plunger

    A plunger is a common device that is used to release stoppages in plumbing. The tool consists of a rubber cup with an attached stick "shaft", usually made of wood or plastic. The cup is pushed down against the drain opening, and either pressed hard into the drain to force air in, or is pushed down until the rubber cup is flattened, then pulled out, causing a vacuum. The intent is to loosen or break up a clog caused by excessive material in the drain. The difference between a sink plunger and a toilet plunger is that the former looks like a ball cut in half while the latter looks more like a distorted ball with a large hole on the bottom. A plunger is much more effective when there is water in the pipe because water does not compress and will thus transmit more of the applied force than air. When a plunger is ineffective, it is often supplemented by a chemical drain cleaner, or by a plumber's snake.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Plunger

    A movable core which is used in connection with a so-called solenoid coil, to be drawn in when the coil is excited. (See Coil and Plunger.)

Etymology and Origins

  1. Plunger

    A gambler who plunges into bets without considering the risks he incurs. Recklessness is his characteristic. To retrieve his losses he plays for high stakes, which make or break him in a very short time.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plunger in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plunger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    • A. loom
    • B. summon
    • C. emanate
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