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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj plumb exactly vertical "the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb"
    • adv plumb completely; used as intensifiers "clean forgot the appointment","I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"
    • adv plumb exactly "fell plumb in the middle of the puddle"
    • adv plumb conforming to the direction of a plumb line
    • v plumb adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical
    • v plumb examine thoroughly and in great depth
    • v plumb measure the depth of something
    • v plumb weight with lead
    • n plumb the metal bob of a plumb line
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Maine, it is illegal to sell a car on Sunday unless it comes equipped with plumbing.
    • n Plumb plŭm 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.
    • adv Plumb In a plumb direction; perpendicularly. "Plumb down he falls."
    • a Plumb Perpendicular; vertical; conforming the direction of a line attached to a plumb; as, the wall is plumb .
    • Plumb To adjust by a plumb line; to cause to be perpendicular; as, to plumb a building or a wall.
    • Plumb To seal with lead; as, to plumb a drainpipe.
    • Plumb 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."
    • Plumb To supply, as a building, with a system of plumbing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the first American to have plumbing installed in his house, in 1840.
    • plumb An obsolete spelling of plum.
    • n plumb A mass of lead attached to a line, used to test the perpendicularity of walls, etc.; a plummet.
    • n plumb The position of a plumb or plummet when freely suspended; the vertical or perpendicular.
    • plumb True according to a plumb-line; vertical.
    • plumb Of persons, upright in character or conduct; thoroughgoing.
    • plumb In a vertical direction; in a line perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; straight down.
    • plumb Exactly; to a nicety; completely: as, he hit the target plumb in the bull's-eye.
    • plumb Downright; entirely; altogether.
    • plumb To adjust by a plumb-line; set in a vertical position: as, to plumb a wall or a building.
    • plumb To sound with or as with a plummet, as the depth of water.
    • plumb To ascertain the measure, dimensions, capacity, or the like, of; test.
    • plumb To supply, as a building, with lead pipes for water, sewage, etc.
    • plumb In plumbing, to seal an opening by closing it with solder or other soft metal.
    • plumb To coincide in direction with the plumb-line; be vertically above or below.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than 400,000 U.S. houses still lack indoor plumbing.
    • n Plumb plum a mass of lead or other material, hung on a string, to show the perpendicular position: the perpendicular direction or position
    • adj Plumb perpendicular
    • adv Plumb perpendicularly
    • v.t Plumb to adjust by a plumb-line: to make perpendicular: to sound the depth of, as water by a plumb-line
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. plomb, L. plumbum, lead, a leaden ball or bullet; cf. Gr. mo`lybos mo`libos mo`lybdos. Cf. Plummet Plunge


In literature:

Poor plumbing is often the cause of contaminated food.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
Cora and Pink will certainly go plumb crazy when they see you a-comin'.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
It would only make six I've heard from, not to speak of the church spire being out of plumb again.
"Chums of the Camp Fire" by Lawrence J. Leslie
If you want a town to go plumb to hell just you start up a bank.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
But after he got his breath he didn't say much except that he was plumb tired.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
We-all don't see stranger folks much up yere, an' he'll be plumb glad thet ye drapped in.
"'Smiles'" by Eliot H. Robinson
I reckon you can see for yoreself she's plumb spoiled.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Leadership has improved its table manners, its plumbing, and its God.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The Johnnie boy up at the Lodge is plumb sore on this outfit.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
You've got so much property and stuff here they're plumb afraid of you.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
But we've got most of the stuff stuck in somewhere and the books are plumb full.
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Evidently I was plumb ruined.
"Behind the Beyond" by Stephen Leacock
He was plumb sober, and his face was solemn, like it was the time I caught him looking in the trunk.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
There's times that I'm still wondering if I'm not plumb crazed.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He didn't go by the door, that's plumb certain.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
One wall was out of plumb.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Some of 'em is plumb hard-faced.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
She was plumb out of her head, and talked wild, but she handled her reins like a rider.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
I felt plumb out of patience with her, for usually she can say the most comforting things.
"Letters on an Elk Hunt" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
But that's just the sort of a man who gets knocked plumb out when a woman does hit him.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly

In poetry:

Or plumb-down from the soaring roof
He to my awful eye
His radiant message angels me
From azure depths of sky.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
Little Jack Horner
Sat in a corner,
Eating of Christmas pye;
He put in his thumb,
And pull'd out a plumb,
And what a good boy was I.
"Little Jack Horner" by Anonymous British
Or mebby-so, you think he's broke,
And do a little braggin';
"Plumb gentle hoss!" he sees the joke,
And leaves--with reins a-draggin'.
"The Bronco" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
There are Scores of fools among us -
Bring your scales and plumb and square.
Let them weigh and try each other -
For yourself judge which they are.
"Fools" by Joseph Warren Watson
He says, "Ten dollars." I says, "I'm your man
The bronc never lived that I cannot fan
The bronc never tried nor never drew breath
That I cannot ride till he starves plumb to death."
"The Strawberry Roan" by Curley Fletcher
God gave you guts: don't let Him down;
Brace up, be worthy of His giving.
The road's a rut, the sky's a frown;
I know you're plumb fed up with living.
Fate birches you, and wry the rod . . .
Snap out, you fool! Don't let down God.
"Drifter" by Robert W Service

In news:

Plumbing the depths of the sink.
'Mad Men' Recap: Plumbing the Depths .
Plumbing the depths of pearls.
Columnists Diana Jarrett The Story Behind the Stone: Plumbing the depths of pearls.
Plumbing the depths of our 'new ocean.
A panel of noted plumbing engineers and designers discuss major issues in commercial plumbing: code revisions, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), toilet parity and low-flush technology.
For decades, consumers have cringed when something happens to their plumbing, and they need to call a plumber.
But, the plumbing is underground, so how can wind affect it.
This little guy isn't the biggest fan of indoor plumbing.
I don't have a plumbing problem, but I do have a plumbing question.
The Traffic is Plumb Crazy.
Gilbert plumbing supplier rebuilding after warehouse fire triggered shortages.
Some businesses are coming up short with their restroom facilities, according to a survey by Bradley Corp. A manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures.
FROZEN plumbing can be one of winter's worst household disasters.
Police tell KOLO 8 News Now that the bicyclist was heading north in a crosswalk on Plumb Lane when the van, turning west onto Plumb Lane, struck him.

In science:

General black lens horizon ≃ L(p, q) is modelled by H , which is a plumbing of a sequence {Epi }, namely the chain of vector bundles in an appropriate sense.
Topology and Uniqueness of Higher Dimensional Black Holes
Section 10 rounds out this thesis by again using SYZ fibrations to generalize the above results to An plumbings of cotangent bundles of S 2 .
Curved String Topology and Tangential Fukaya Categories II
We begin by proving homological mirror symmetry for these plumbings.
Curved String Topology and Tangential Fukaya Categories II
Previously, we have discussed the simplest sort of Stein manifold, cotangent bundles. section, we look at the next simplest case, which is the An plumbing of cotangent bundles of S 2 .
Curved String Topology and Tangential Fukaya Categories II
An example of a nodal fiber is the image of the zero section of a disk bundle in T ∗S 2 under a self-plumbing of the disk bundle.
Four dimensions from two in symplectic topology
Then Proposition 3.22 implies we have constructed a base that defines a plumbing of the disk bundles defined by the Ui .
Four dimensions from two in symplectic topology
This may be done by ’plumbing’ or by considering the blow up in a point on Ei .
On the cotangent cohomology of rational surface singularities with almost reduced fundamental cycle
In addition, the plumbing occurs along genus minimizing spanning surfaces for each of the knots.
On knot Floer homology for some fibered knots
L (0) ≤ n has a minimal genus Seifert surface R built from surfaces in S by reflection, Murasugi sum and plumbing with Hopf bands.
Homogeneous links, Seifert surfaces, digraphs and the reduced Alexander polynomial
When n = 2, this operation is known as plumbing.
Homogeneous links, Seifert surfaces, digraphs and the reduced Alexander polynomial
When one of the surfaces involved is a Hopf band, plumbing becomes a fairly rigid process, with product disc decomposition providing a reverse operation as follows.
Homogeneous links, Seifert surfaces, digraphs and the reduced Alexander polynomial
Hence R is obtained from a disc by plumbing with Hopf bands.
Homogeneous links, Seifert surfaces, digraphs and the reduced Alexander polynomial
Given a particular plumbing graph, one would use the reduced function (cid:101)τ to draw the graded root in practice; however, notice that Equation 3 indeed involves the full tau function τ , and that’s the one commonly used in the arguments here.
Heegaard Floer homology and several families of Brieskorn spheres
The reader can verify that these parameters lead to the plumbing graph found in Figure 1b in §5.
Heegaard Floer homology and several families of Brieskorn spheres
Figure 1: Plumbing graphs for the Brieskorn homology spheres Σ (p, q , pqn ± 1); unlabelled vertices have weight -2.
Heegaard Floer homology and several families of Brieskorn spheres