- plumber's snake,
- plumbous oxide,
Origin of plumbing
adjective Also plum.
adverb Also plum.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of plumb
Examples from the Web for plumbing
They found the building was a shell, with no apparently electricity or plumbing, and no completed inner construction.
Pliny the Elder considered their plumbing to be the greatest accomplishment of the Roman Empire.The Scariest Thing About Sandy: Guarding the Water Supply|Kent Sepkowitz|October 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hotel maintenance is a never-ending job, and plumbing can be very expensive to fix.
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'|Tom Sykes|January 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Well, if you hire a cheap plumber, don't be surprised when the plumbing breaks.
He was wholly absorbed in plumbing the gloomy depths of his mind.Good References|E. J. Rath
It is not necessary that all the plumbing contract be let at the time the city water service is supplied.
In such cases the equipment must be a movable one, and gas stoves and plumbing are impossible.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management|Ministry of Education
The figures given in connection with plumbing work are not necessarily accurate.
There are plumbing connections, but these are not suitable for the transmission of a signal.Tangle Hold|F. L. Wallace
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.
early 15c., "to sink" (like lead), from plumb (n.). Meaning "take soundings with a plumb" is first recorded 1560s; figurative sense of "to get to the bottom of" is from 1590s. Related: Plumbed; plumbing.
"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.