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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
plumb line
▪ How could they soar so high one minute, then plumb the depths?
▪ It was Amy who correctly assessed her brother, although not even she plumbed the depths of his duplicity.
▪ Perhaps he plumbed a depth beyond human sensitivity.
▪ We certainly need to continue our investigations; to advance ideas; to plumb the mysterious depths of the human psyche.
▪ Dubus, in his essays, tries to plumb the feelings of women.
▪ Much mystique surrounds this territory as nobody has yet plumbed its limitations or possibilities.
▪ The government said today that consumer confidence in December plumbed its lowest level ever since consumer surveys started, in January 1987.
▪ The system easily plumbs into existing induction hoppers.
▪ Who can plumb and penetrate such a person?
▪ I'm sorry. I plumb forgot.
▪ Gets out there with them statues, she gets plumb crazy.
▪ Josefina and I were plumb about to lose it.
▪ If any walls appear to lean, check by going back to the nearest upper window and drop a plumb line down.
▪ But again, as with the lintels, the union did not allow the bricklayers to use a plumb line.
▪ A plumb bob is useful to check the alignment of the header with the sill.
▪ But again, as with the lintels, the union did not allow the bricklayers to use a plumb line.
▪ If any walls appear to lean, check by going back to the nearest upper window and drop a plumb line down.
▪ The barometer had dropped like a plumb weight.
▪ The sides, or jambs, must also be straight, plumb and square with the sill.
▪ Twittering song uttered in soaring display flight, followed by butterfly-like descent with wings raised and a final plumb drop.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plumb \Plumb\ (pl[u^]m), n. [F. plomb, L. plumbum lead, a leaden ball or bullet; cf. Gr. mo`lybos, mo`libos, mo`lybdos. Cf. Plummet, Plunge.] 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.

  1. The cord by which a plumb bob is suspended; a plummet.

  2. 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.


Plumb \Plumb\,

  1. Perpendicular; vertical; conforming the direction of a line attached to a plumb; as, the wall is plum


Plumb \Plumb\, adv. In a plumb direction; perpendicularly. ``Plumb down he falls.''


Plumb \Plumb\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plumbed (pl[u^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. Plumbing (pl[u^]m"[i^]ng).]

  1. To adjust by a plumb line; to cause to be perpendicular; as, to plumb a building or a wall.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"lead hung on a string to show the vertical line," early 14c., from Old French *plombe, plomee "sounding lead," and directly from Late Latin *plumba, originally Latin plumbum "lead (the metal), lead ball; pipe; pencil," a word of unknown origin, related to Greek molybdos "lead" (dialectal bolimos) and perhaps from an extinct Mediterranean language, perhaps Iberian.


early 15c., "to sink" (like lead), from plumb (n.). Meaning "take soundings with a plumb" is first recorded 1560s; figurative sense of "to get to the bottom of" is from 1590s. Related: Plumbed; plumbing.


"perpendicular, vertical," mid-15c., from plumb (n.). The notion of "exact measurement" led to extended sense of "completely, downright" (1748), sometimes spelled plump, plum, or plunk.

  1. 1 truly vertical, as indicated by a plumb line 2 (context cricket English) Describing an LBW where the batsman is hit on the pads directly in front of his wicket and should be given out. adv. 1 In a vertical direction; perpendicularly. 2 (context informal English) squarely, directly; completely. n. 1 A little mass of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a vertical direction. 2 (context nautical English) A weight on the end of a long line, used by sailors to determine the depth of water. v

  2. 1 To determine the depth, generally of a liquid; to sound. 2 To attach to a water supply and drain. 3 To think about or explore in depth, to get to the bottom of, especially '''''to plumb the depths of'''''. 4 To use a plumb bob as a measuring or aligning tool. 5 To accurately align vertically or horizontally. 6 (context dated English) To seal something with lead. 7 (context intransitive English) To work as a plumber. 8 (context rare English) To fall or sink like a plummet. 9 (context US colloquial figuratively obsolete English) To trace a road or track; to follow it to its end. 10 (context nautical English) To position vertically above or below.


adj. exactly vertical; "the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb"


n. the metal bob of a plumb line [syn: plumb bob, plummet]

  1. adv. completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out" [syn: clean, plum]

  2. conforming to the direction of a plumb line

  3. exactly; "fell plumb in the middle of the puddle" [syn: plum]

  1. v. measure the depth of something

  2. weight with lead

  3. examine thoroughly and in great depth

  4. adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical


Plumb may refer to:

  • Plumb bob, a type of tool
  • Plumb, to measure the depth of water with a sounding line
  • Plumb (tools), a brand of tools known for its hammers
  • Plumb (Field Music album), 2012
  • Plumb (Plumb album), 1997
  • Plumb (singer) (born 1975), American Christian musician
  • Plumb (surname)
Plumb (Plumb album)

Plumb is the debut studio album by Christian singer-songwriter Plumb. The album was not only a success for herself, but also for Matt Bronleewe. This was Bronleewe's first role producing.

Plumb (singer)

Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows. Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.

Plumb (Field Music album)

Plumb is the fourth full-length studio album by English alternative band Field Music, released on Memphis Industries Records on 13 February 2012. The album was recorded in their newly built studio in the band's native Sunderland. It was released on CD and on plum-coloured vinyl, a reference to the album's title. In an interview with DIY, David Brewis told the magazine, "I love the fact that the English language has so many homophones. I think it's one of those unique things about the language which really informs the English sense of humour. It tickles me that we can colour all of the album text and the vinyl plum."

The album's cover art is a collage assembled by Peter Brewis and based on the painting Standard Station by American pop artist Ed Ruscha, a print of which hung in Peter's bathroom.

A single, "(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing", was released in December 2011. A second track, "A New Town", was also made available to download for free ahead of the album's release. "Who'll Pay the Bills?" was the third single released.

On 12 September 2012 the album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize.

Plumb (tools)

Plumb is a brand of hand tools owned by Apex Tool Group. The brand is known for its hammers and hatchets.

Plumb (surname)

The surname Plumb may refer to:

  • Dick Plumb (born 1946), English footballer
  • Edward H. Plumb (1907–1958), American film composer
  • Eve Plumb (born 1958), American actress and painter
  • Gwen Plumb (1912–2002), Australian actress
  • John Plumb (1927–2008), English abstract painter
  • John H. Plumb (1911–2001), British historian
  • Josiah Burr Plumb (1816–1888), Canadian politician
  • Preston B. Plumb (1837–1891), American politician
  • Ralph Plumb (1816–1903), American politician

Usage examples of "plumb".

He saw guards, relaxed though in uniform, armed only with holstered pistols, an officer, and one man in overalls, incongruous as a plumber might have been in those aseptic surroundings.

This morning, Bevel had awakened her with a contrite tongue-lashing, driving her to a glittering peak before leveB had plumbed the depths of her throat, leaving a warm, thick puddle of his copious satisfaction in her belly.

You probably have the best little bumhole in Fennilwood, but your uncle made it clear that to plumb it or your cunny is worth the life of any man in the duchy.

The institute was a thoroughly modern and up-to-date facility, in keeping with the modern and up-to-date subjects taught within its walls: electricity and electronics, mechanics, plumbing, recycling and reclamation, construction, carpentry, accounting and bookkeeping, secretarial skills, data recording, computer programming and repair, cybernation maintenance, aeronautics, solar-cell construction, electrical generating, motion-picture projection, camera operation, audio recording, hydrogen-fusion operation, power broadcasting, electrical space propulsion, satellite construction and repair, telemetry, and many more.

To mask the sound of her voice, Fiamma reached forwards and turned on the hot tap which, being connected to the dodgy StregaSchloss plumbing, obliged with a cacophony of splutters and clanks before it disgorged a gout of peat-stained water,no Im not breaking up, its just my mud bath, she continued.

The Greeks invented automatic wine dispensers and water clocks controlled, like modern plumbing, by the feedback action of a float.

After them march the guilds and trades and trainbands with flying colours: coopers, bird fanciers, millwrights, newspaper canvassers, law scriveners, masseurs, vintners, trussmakers, chimneysweeps, lard refiners, tabinet and poplin weavers, farriers, Italian warehousemen, church decorators, bootjack manufacturers, undertakers, silk mercers, lapidaries, salesmasters, corkcutters, assessors of fire losses, dyers and cleaners, export bottlers, fellmongers, ticketwriters, heraldic seal engravers, horse repository hands, bullion brokers, cricket and archery outfitters, riddlemakers, egg and potato factors, hosiers and glovers, plumbing contractors.

In the predawn coolness, it was rather charming to listen to the first, fresh voices caroling out their wares: a soprano from the plumbing dealer gateward, a warbling tenor from the pottery shop closer at hand.

Inspector Gatton, for the assistance of his trained mind in plumbing these depths which defied my single efforts.

You must be joking, considering that every inch of me has been plumbed in the orgy.

Lenny had graduated from high school and had gone directly into the family business, Stankovik and Sons, Plumbing and Heating.

Fan Importer, a Glass Beveller, a Hotel Broker, an Insect Exterminator, a Junk Dealer, a Kalsomine Manufacturer, a Laundryman, a Mausoleum Architect, a Nurse, an Oculist, a Paper-Hanger, a Quilt Designer, a Roofer, a Ship Plumber, a Tinsmith, an Undertaker, a Veterinarian, a Wig Maker, an X-ray apparatus manufacturer, a Yeast producer, or a Zinc Spelter.

John would ask questions, and plug Pauline in to record the screens and tape the discussions, and they would go through the equations and jab their fingers at the flow charts, and then stop for coffee and perhaps take it up to the crest, to pace the length of the greenhouse arguing vehemently about the human value in kilocalories of plumbing, opera, simulation programming and the like.

And I can make the blocks of crystal water as pure as can be, I can make the webs of blood that hold them up strong and true, we can plumb the walls straight, we can dwell inside it all the livelong day and see great visions and small memories according to our own desires.

Angels and Charlie the Tuna and the Lone Ranger and the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and Josephine the Plumber and Gavin MacLeod and Blake Carrington and Alexis and Dobie Gillis and Gilligan and the Skipper and That Girl and Charles Nelson Reilly and Allen Ludden and Betty White and Big Bird and Maude and Sam Malone and Sam McCloud and Pat Robertson and Kermit and Barney and Willard Scott and Rin Tin Tin and David Brinkley and Perry Mason and the Millionaire and Mr.