plumb bob

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Origin of plumb bob

First recorded in 1825–35

Words Nearby plumb bob Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plumb bob in a sentence

  • And at last he was dangling at the end of the rope like a plumb-bob.

    Hunters Out of Space | Joseph Everidge Kelleam
  • He thought that a plumb bob dropped through the long axis of the rocket would form a right angle with the surface of Arzachel.

    First on the Moon | Jeff Sutton
  • With a tape line, gimlet, and plumb-bob, a mechanic is fully equipped with tools to get his measurements.

    Elements of Plumbing | Samuel Dibble
  • A plumb bob must be attached exactly in the center of the tripod head.

  • Our surveying apparatus was a triangle and a plumb bob which we made ourselves.

    Then and Now | Robert Vaughn

British Dictionary definitions for plumb bob

plumb bob

  1. the weight, usually of lead, at the end of a plumb line; plummet

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