plumb line

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Origin of plumb line

First recorded in 1530–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for plumb line

bob, lead, plumb, plummet

Examples from the Web for plumb line

Historical Examples of plumb line

  • Will and the Professor were by the ice shaft, watching the plumb-line.

  • “Maybe you did not use the plumb-line, Master Leo,” observed Jack.

    In the Wilds of Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • In the game way the stem and stern were measured with a plumb-line.

    In the Wilds of Africa

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • When I comes to rekillect how an' where he got that 'ere back, it looks to me like a plumb-line.

  • There is no plumb-line to measure the depths of thy shame, so deep is that abyss.

    The Valkyries

    Edward Frederic Benson

British Dictionary definitions for plumb line

plumb line

  1. a string with a metal weight at one end that, when suspended, points directly towards the earth's centre of gravity and so is used to determine verticality, the depth of water, etc
  2. another name for plumb rule
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

plumb line in Science

plumb line

  1. A line regarded as directed exactly toward the Earth's center of gravity.
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