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Definitions of plumb

  1. To adjust by a plumb line; to cause to be perpendicular; as, to plumb a building or a wall. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To seal with lead; as, to plumb a drainpipe. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To supply, as a building, with a system of plumbing. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To straighten: as, to plumb up a wall; make vertical; sound (the depth of water) by a plummet; test; get to the bottom of; as, to plumb a mystery. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To adjust by a plumb-line: to make perpendicular: to sound the depth of water by a plumbline. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To adjust by a plumb-line. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To test or adjust by a plumbline. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To supply (a building) with gas, water, and sewerpipes. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. weight with lead Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. examine thoroughly and in great depth Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. measure the depth of something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. To adjust by a plumb-line; to set in a perpendicular direction; to sound the depth of water with a plummet. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. the metal bob of a plumb line Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. 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 line, below. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A weight, usually of lead, fastened to a cord and dropped to indicate a vertical line; a similar weight used to find the depth of water. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. A mass of lead or other material, hung on a string, to show the perpendicular position. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Leaden ball on a line. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. A plummet. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. A leaden weight attached to a line, for ascertaining whether anything, as a wall, is perpendicular. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. A mass of lead attached to a line, and so hung as to ascertain whether a wall be perpendicular. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. (slang) completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. (informal) exactly; "fell plumb in the middle of the puddle" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. conforming to the direction of a plumb line Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. In a vertical direction. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. exactly vertical; "the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  29. exactly; "fell plumb in the middle of the puddle" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  30. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  31. Perpendicular; vertical; conforming the direction of a line attached to a plumb; as, the wall is plumb. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Perpendicular with the horizon; upright. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  33. Perpendicular. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  34. True, accurate, and upright; vertical; perpendicular. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for plumb

  1. I'm plumb scared, and Polly's round face was pale with fright. – The Diamond Pin by Carolyn Wells
  2. He bet she wouldn't care if he was plumb ragged. – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
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