Plumb

Definition of Plumb

Pronunciation: plŭmd
n.1.A little mass or weight of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a vertical direction; a plummet; a plumb bob. See Plumb line, below.
Plumb bob
See Bob, 4.
Plumb joint
in sheet-metal work, a lap joint, fastened by solder.
Plumb level
See under Level.
Plumb line
a - The cord by which a plumb bob is suspended; a plummet
b - A line directed to the center of gravity of the earth.
Plumb rule
a narrow board with a plumb line, used by builders and carpenters.
a.1.Perpendicular; vertical; conforming the direction of a line attached to a plumb; as, the wall is plumb.
adv.1.In a plumb direction; perpendicularly.
v. t.1.To adjust by a plumb line; to cause to be perpendicular; as, to plumb a building or a wall.
[imp. & p. p. Plumbed (plŭmd); p. pr. & vb. n. Plumbing (plŭm"ĭng).]
2.To sound with a plumb or plummet, as the depth of water; hence, to examine by test; to ascertain the depth, quality, dimension, etc.; to sound; to fathom; to test.
He did not attempt to plumb his intellect.
- Ld. Lytton.
3.To seal with lead; as, to plumb a drainpipe.
4.To supply, as a building, with a system of plumbing.

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