Plumb meaning

plŭm
Plumb is defined as something done exactly or completely.

An example of plumb is when you sit right in front of the TV, or plumb in front of the TV.

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(informal) Utterly; completely.

Plumb worn out.

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A weight on the end of a line, used to determine water depth.
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(informal) Directly; squarely.

Fell plumb in the middle of the puddle.

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(informal) Utter; absolute; sheer.

A plumb fool.

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To work as a plumber.
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In a vertical direction; straight down.
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(informal) Entirely; wholly; absolutely.

Plumb tired out.

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(informal) To work as a plumber.
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A little mass of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a vertical direction.
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The definition of a plumb is a lead weight at the end of a line which is used to measure how deep water is or to determine a vertical line.

An example of a plumb is a weight which is attached to a length of heavy string.

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A weight on the end of a line, used especially by masons and carpenters to establish a true vertical.
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In a vertical or perpendicular line.
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Exactly vertical.
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To determine the depth of with a plumb; sound.
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To test the verticality or alignment of with a plumb.
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To straighten or make perpendicular.

Plumb up the wall.

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To examine closely or deeply; probe.
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A device consisting of a lead weight (plumb bob) hung at the end of a line (plumb line), used to determine how deep water is or whether a wall, etc. is vertical.
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Perfectly vertical; straight down.
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To test or sound with a plumb.
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To discover the facts or contents of; fathom; solve; understand.
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To make vertical.
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To weight or seal with lead.
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To equip with plumbing.
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Truly vertical, as indicated by a plumb line.
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(cricket) Describing an LBW where the batsman is hit on the pads directly in front of his wicket and should be given out.
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In a vertical direction; perpendicularly.
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It hit him plumb in the middle of his face.

Years ago the well plumb dried out, not a drop of water in there since.

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(nautical) A weight on the end of a long line, used by sailors to determine the depth of water.
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To determine the depth, generally of a liquid; to sound.
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To attach to a water supply and drain.
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To think about or explore in depth, to get to the bottom of, especially to plumb the depths of.
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To use a plumb bob as a measuring or aligning tool.
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To accurately align vertically or horizontally.
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(dated) To seal something with lead.
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(intransitive) To work as a plumber.
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(rare) To fall or sink like a plummet.
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(nautical) To position vertically above or below.
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(chemistry) Alternative form of plumbo-; used before a vowel.
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To plumb means to connect or fix pipes that control the flow of water.

An example of plumb is when the pipes in your house are connected so that water can flow.

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To seal with lead.
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off
  • Not vertical.
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out of plumb
  • not vertical
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of plumb

  • Middle English lead, a plumb from Old French plomb from Latin plumbum lead

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French *plombe, from Latin plumba (plural of plumbum).

    From Wiktionary