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Dictionary Definition

plumb adj : exactly vertical; "the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb" n : the metal bob of a plumb line [syn: plumb bob, plummet] adv
1 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]

Verb

1 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

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From *plombe, from plumba (plural of plumbum).

Pronunciation

  • , /plʌm/, /plVm/
  • Rhymes: -ʌm
    Homophones: plum

Adjective

  1. truly vertical
  2. Describing an LBW where the batsman is hit on the pads directly in front on his wicket and should be given out.

Adverb

  1. In a vertical direction.
  2. Squarely, directly; completely.
    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.

Noun

  1. A little mass of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a vertical direction; a plummet; a plumb bob (UK); a plumb line (US).
  2. A weight on the end of a long line, used by sailors to determine the depth of water.

Verb

  1. To determine the depth of water with a plumb; to sound.
  2. To use a plumb bob to test for vertical alignment.
  3. To make something vertical or perpendicular accurately.
  4. To seal something with lead.
  5. : To work as a plumber.

Romanian

Noun

plumb
  1. lead (chemical element)

Extensive Definition

Plumb may refer to:

See also

plumb in French: Plumb

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