[ pluhm-ing ]
/ ˈplʌm ɪŋ /


the system of pipes and other apparatus for conveying water, liquid wastes, etc., as in a building.
the work or trade of a plumber.
act of a person who plumbs, as in ascertaining depth.

Nearby words

  1. plumber's snake,
  2. plumbery,
  3. plumbic,
  4. plumbicon,
  5. plumbiferous,
  6. plumbism,
  7. plumbo-,
  8. plumbous,
  9. plumbous oxide,
  10. plumbum

Origin of plumbing

First recorded in 1660–70; plumb + -ing1

Origin of plumb

1250–1300; Middle English plumbe, probably < Anglo-French *plombe < Vulgar Latin *plumba, for Latin plumbum lead

Related forms
Can be confusedplum plumb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plumbing


/ (ˈplʌmɪŋ) /


Also called: plumbery the trade or work of a plumber
the pipes, fixtures, etc, used in a water, drainage, or gas installation
the act or procedure of using a plumb to gauge depth, a vertical, etc
Derived Formsplumbable, adjective

Word Origin for plumb

C13: from Old French plomb (unattested) lead line, from Old French plon lead, from Latin plumbum lead

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Word Origin and History for plumbing
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