Origin of plumbing
adjective Also plum.
adverb Also plum.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of plumb
Synonyms for plumb
Examples from the Web for plumbing
Contemporary Examples of plumbing
They found the building was a shell, with no apparently electricity or plumbing, and no completed inner construction.Nobody’s Home at the Hermit Kingdom’s Ghost Hotel
May 22, 2014
Pliny the Elder considered their plumbing to be the greatest accomplishment of the Roman Empire.The Scariest Thing About Sandy: Guarding the Water Supply
October 30, 2012
Hotel maintenance is a never-ending job, and plumbing can be very expensive to fix.Gordon Ramsay: 7 Hotel Horrors!
August 9, 2012
Even once the plumbing was installed, some jugs of hot water were still taken up.The Real Downton Abbey: Juiciest Bits From 'The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle'
January 1, 2012
Well, if you hire a cheap plumber, don't be surprised when the plumbing breaks.America's New Mercenaries
December 15, 2010
Historical Examples of plumbing
"There seems to be a leak in the plumbing somewhere on this floor," the man went on.
You may look over the plumbing in the bathroom whenever you are ready.
Constructions involved in the house, other than the plumbing fixtures.Rural Hygiene
Henry N. Ogden
Leadership has improved its table manners, its plumbing, and its God.Erik Dorn
And you know that it needs everything from plumbing to linen.Gigolo
adjective Also: plum
adverb Also: plum
Word Origin for plumb
mid-15c., "the weighting of a fishing line," verbal noun from plumb (v.). Specific meaning "water and drainage pipes" is recorded by 1875, American English.
THE apparatus by which the water from a reservoir is carried about over a building and delivered at points convenient for use, is called by the general name of plumbing. The word "plumbing" means lead-work; and it is used to signify this water apparatus of a house because the pipes of which it largely consists are usually made of lead. [Edward Abbott, "Long Look House: A Book for Boys and Girls," Boston, 1877]
Alternative plumbery also is mid-15c. Slang meaning "a person's reproductive organs" attested by 1975.
"lead hung on a string to show the vertical line," early 14c., from Old French *plombe, plomee "sounding lead," and directly from Late Latin *plumba, originally plural of Latin plumbum "lead (the metal), lead ball; pipe; pencil," a word of unknown origin, related to Greek molybdos "lead" (dialectal bolimos) and perhaps from an extinct Mediterranean language, perhaps Iberian.
"perpendicular, vertical," mid-15c., from plumb (n.). The notion of "exact measurement" led to extended sense of "completely, downright" (1748), sometimes spelled plump, plum, or plunk.