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plumb rule

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noun
  1. a device for determining perpendicularity, consisting of a narrow board with a plumb line and bob suspended from an upper edge.
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Origin of plumb rule

1350–1400; Middle English plomreule
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plumb rule

noun
  1. a plumb line attached to a narrow board, used by builders, surveyors, etc
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