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plumb pronunciación
noun a lead weight, usually suspended from a line, used for measuring water depth or for testing a wall, etc for perpendicularity.
adjective straight, vertical or perpendicular.
adverb
1 in a straight, vertical or perpendicular way drops plumb to the seabed .
2 colloq exactly plumb in the middle .
3 N Am, esp US colloq utterly The guy is plumb crazy .
verb (plumbed , plumbing )
1 to measure the depth of (water), test (a structure) for verticality, or adjust something to the vertical, using a plumb.
2 to penetrate, probe or understand (a mystery, etc).
3 (usu plumb something in) to connect (a water-using appliance) to the water supply or waste pipe.
[13c: from French plomb , from Latin plumbum lead]
out of plumb not vertical.
plumb the depths of something to experience the worst extreme of (a bad feeling, etc) plumbed the depths of misery .


plumbago
noun (plumbagos )
1 chem another name for graphite.
2 a Mediterranean and tropical plant with spikes of lead-coloured flowers. Also called leadwort.
[18c; 17c in obsolete sense -yellow oxide of lead-: Latin, from Pliny's translation of Greek molybdaina lead or lead ore]


plumber pronunciación
noun someone who fits and repairs water pipes, and water- or gas-using appliances.
[14c: from French plummier , from Latin plumbarius , from plumbum lead]


plumbing pronunciación
noun
1 the system of water and gas pipes in a building, etc.
2 the work of a plumber.
3 euphem the lavatory.
4 facetious the human urinary, excretory or reproductive systems.


plumbism
noun , pathol lead poisoning.
[19c: from Latin plumbum + -ism]


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