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Meaning of PLUMB

Pronunciation:  plum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the metal bob of a plumb line
  2. [adv]  (slang) completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"
  3. [adv]  (informal) exactly; "fell plumb in the middle of the puddle"
  4. [adv]  conforming to the direction of a plumb line
  5. [adj]  exactly vertical; "the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb"
  6. [v]  adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical
  7. [v]  examine thoroughly and in great depth
  8. [v]  measure the depth of something
  9. [v]  weight with lead

PLUMB is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: clean, perpendicular, plum, plumb bob, plummet, vertical
 See Also: adjust, bob, burden, burthen, explore, measure, perpendicular, plumb line, quantify, set, weight, weight down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Plumb\, n. [F. plomb, L. plumbum lead, a leaden ball or
    bullet; cf. Gr. ?, ?, ?. 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
    {Plumb level}. See under {Level}.
    {Plumb line}.
    (a) The cord by which a plumb bob is suspended; a plummet.
    (b) 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.
  2. \Plumb\, a.
    Perpendicular; vertical; conforming the direction of a line
    attached to a plumb; as, the wall is plumb.
  3. \Plumb\, adv.
    In a plumb direction; perpendicularly. ``Plumb down he
    falls.'' --Milton.
  4. \Plumb\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plumbed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
    3. To seal with lead; as, to plumb a drainpipe.
    4. To supply, as a building, with a system of plumbing.
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