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Definitions of plumb

  1. ( slang) completely; used as intensifiers; " clean forgot the appointment"; " I'm plumb ( or plum) tuckered out"
  2. ( informal) exactly; " fell plumb in the middle of the puddle"
  3. weight with lead
  4. the metal bob of a plumb line
  5. conforming to the direction of a plumb line
  6. exactly vertical; " the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb"
  7. adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical
  8. examine thoroughly and in great depth
  9. measure the depth of something
  10. completely; used as intensifiers; " clean forgot the appointment"; " I'm plumb ( or plum) tuckered out"
  11. exactly; " fell plumb in the middle of the puddle"
  12. 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.
  13. Perpendicular; vertical; conforming the direction of a line attached to a plumb; as, the wall is plumb.
  14. In a plumb direction; perpendicularly.
  15. To adjust by a plumb line; to cause to be perpendicular; as, to plumb a building or a wall.
  16. 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.
  17. To seal with lead; as, to plumb a drainpipe.
  18. To supply, as a building, with a system of plumbing.
  19. 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.
  20. Perpendicularly.
  21. 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.
  22. Perpendicular with the horizon; upright.
  23. 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.
  24. A mass of lead or other material, hung on a string, to show the perpendicular position.
  25. Perpendicular.
  26. To adjust by a plumb- line: to make perpendicular: to sound the depth of water by a plumbline.
  27. Leaden ball on a line.
  28. To adjust by a plumb- line.
  29. To test or adjust by a plumbline.
  30. To supply ( a building) with gas, water, and sewerpipes.
  31. True, accurate, and upright; vertical; perpendicular.
  32. A plummet.
  33. In a vertical direction.
  34. A leaden weight attached to a line, for ascertaining whether anything, as a wall, is perpendicular.
  35. To adjust by a plumb- line; to set in a perpendicular direction; to sound the depth of water with a plummet.
  36. A mass of lead attached to a line, and so hung as to ascertain whether a wall be perpendicular.
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Usage examples for plumb

  1. There is such a thing, sir, as educatin' a man or woman plumb out of reach of happiness. – When A Man's A Man by Harold Bell Wright
  2. It don't matter which way he turns he's headed off with a rock dropped plumb ahead of him. – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  3. She ain't plumb mad yet. – Miss Minerva and William Green Hill by Frances Boyd Calhoun
  4. " And you're so old and wise you can see plumb through him," she cried. – The Son of his Father by Ridgwell Cullum
  5. Be that, however, as it might be, no sooner did the floating piece get within hailing distance than I hears a human holler and there was a man dancing up and down on the shore like he was plumb crazy. – Friend Island by Francis Stevens
  6. Oh, yes, you're plumb broken- hearted, aren't you? – Left Tackle Thayer by Ralph Henry Barbour
  7. The anticipated trials will enable its members to plumb greater depths of consecration, soar to nobler heights of collective endeavor, and disclose in fuller measure the future glory of their destiny. – Citadel of Faith by Shoghi Effendi
  8. Creed Bonbright's killed Blatch- flung him clean over the bluff- and got plumb away from us! – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  9. Ye've got a right ter plumb hate me. – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  10. " I was headed right plumb that way till I was seventeen. – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  11. But them thievin' 88 boys are plumb wise. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  12. Because, shore as yo're a foot high, you won't live a minute longer than is plumb necessary if you don't. – The Heart of the Range by William Patterson White
  13. A man is such a plumb idjit. – The Heart of the Range by William Patterson White
  14. Not in shattered fragments did they burst and plumb the abyss. – The Flying Legion by George Allan England
  15. A hoss is a plumb narrow- minded critter, but he knows enough for that. – The Killer by Stewart Edward White
  16. I'm plumb scared, and Polly's round face was pale with fright. – The Diamond Pin by Carolyn Wells
  17. He bet she wouldn't care if he was plumb ragged. – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  18. I couldn't get away till afternoon- up before daylight this mornin', rode two horses plumb off their feet huntin' the wagons- foreman quit yesterday- best blamed foreman I ever had, too. – Prairie Flowers by James B. Hendryx
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