- 1Measure (the depth of a body of water).More example sentences
- Forget the normal fly fishing gear if you plan a trip after these monsters; the only effective method is to plumb the depths with a trolled and heavily - weighted spinner or live bait.
- 1.2Explore or experience fully or to extremes: she had plumbed the depths of depravityMore example sentences
explore, probe, delve into, search, examine, investigate, fathom, penetrate, understand
- For inspiration, he often plumbs his own everyday experiences.
- The nineteenth-century prospector had been a rugged individual who explored wild mountains to plumb the mysteries hidden beneath.
- These famous Rhine experiments made bold to plumb the hidden powers of the mind.
- 2Test (an upright surface) to determine the vertical.More example sentences
- Place the panel snug into the corner as possible with a level on the opposite vertical edge to plumb the panel.
- Once the post has been set into the base, it can be moved a little bit from side to side parallel with the two raised sides in order to simplify plumbing the post.
- If so, you only need to install the casing on the opposite side after the jamb is plumbed, squared, and secured in the opening.
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- A plumb bob.More example sentences
- He traces a line in white paint along the wall beyond the leaves, then drops a plumb from a cord stretched between two metal poles posted on either side of the tree.
- Holding a target plumb is a very important worker skill when locating a layout point.
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- 1 • informal Exactly: a bassoonist who sits plumb in the middle of the wind sectionMore example sentences
- In fact, Lyle had a 79 to finish plumb last, the only player in the field to be above 300 for the 72 holes.
- The batsman plays and misses, and is hit on the pads plumb in front of the wicket.
- Collymore decides that he wants to take a leg-bye and is struck plumb in front off an inswinger.
- 1.1 [as submodifier] North American To a very high degree; extremely: they must both be plumb crazyMore example sentences
- For example, somebody whom you just plumb don't like is naturally likely to be just as hard to like on the Interwebnet.
- So I drove up to Manor Park Plaza to use the A.B.M., because I was plumb out of cash.
- So, needless to say, just about everyone was plumb out of breath when they stopped a hundred yards from their target.
- 2 • archaic Vertically: drapery fell from their human forms plumb downMore example sentences
- He kept his eye on it and required adjustments to be made from time to time. He explained that the steel went up in two stages, firstly the first and second floors were erected and erected plumb.
- You need to be able to hang your wallpaper plumb, even if the corners are not.
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- Vertical: ensure that the baseboard is straight and plumbMore example sentences
- In carpenter's heaven, all surfaces would be flat and straight, all vertical elements would be plumb and horizontal ones level, and all corners would be exact right angles.
- If it is not plumb, a little more attention is needed.
- Snap a plumb chalkline down the center of the stud to establish the position of the edge of the panel.
out of plumb
- Not exactly vertical: the towers are inclined, from four to ten feet out of plumbMore example sentences
- If you find the doors' frames are too far out of plumb to fix by moving the hinges, a drastic, though not impossible, solution is to remove and re-hang the doorframes.
- Joining two materials together usually leaves an uneven gap between them because one of the surfaces is out of plumb, is not level, or is irregularly shaped.
- A common, and drastic, mistake in hanging wallpaper is to hang it out of plumb.
Middle English (originally in the sense 'sounding lead'): via Old French from Latin plumbum 'lead'.
- 1Install and connect water and drainage pipes in (a building or room): the house could not be plumbed at allMore example sentences
- The tiled utility room is plumbed for washer/dryer and houses the gas-fired boiler, which can control heating in individual zoned areas throughout the house.
- A separate utility room is plumbed for a washer/dryer.
- Stone and glass surround the dining area, while the utility room is plumbed for a washing machine and dryer.
- 1.1 (plumb something in) chiefly British Install an appliance and connect it to water and drainage pipes.More example sentences
- Once all the water and air systems have been plumbed in and the exhaust system and electronic and electrical connectors added, the engine is fired up.
- ‘Let's say that you have just bought a washing machine but you're having difficulty plumbing it in.’
- It was obvious that, at some stage, this sink had been plumbed in.
late 19th century (in the sense 'work as a plumber'): back-formation from plumber.