plumb

Definitions

  • House plumbing
    House plumbing
  • 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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Etymology

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

Usage

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
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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.
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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
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