Plumb level
Plumb Plumb (pl[u^]m), n. [F. plomb, L. plumbum lead, a leaden ball or bullet; cf. Gr. mo`lybos, mo`libos, mo`lybdos. Cf. {Plummet}, {Plunge}.] A little mass or weight of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a vertical direction; a plummet; a plumb bob. See {Plumb line}, below. [1913 Webster]

{Plumb bob}. See {Bob}, 4.

{Plumb joint}, in sheet-metal work, a lap joint, fastened by solder.

{Plumb level}. See under {Level}.

{Plumb line}. (a) The cord by which a plumb bob is suspended; a plummet. (b) A line directed to the center of gravity of the earth.

{Plumb rule}, a narrow board with a plumb line, used by builders and carpenters. [1913 Webster]


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  • Plumb level — Level Lev el (l[e^]v [e^]l), n. [OE. level, livel, OF. livel, F. niveau, fr. L. libella level, water level, a plumb level, dim. of libra pound, measure for liquids, balance, water poise, level. Cf. {Librate}, {Libella}.] 1. A line or surface to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plumb level — noun a carpenter s level with a plumb line at right angles to it • Hypernyms: ↑carpenter s level * * * noun : a level with a plumbing attachment (as a horizontal arm and a plumb line at right angles to the arm) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Level — Lev el (l[e^]v [e^]l), n. [OE. level, livel, OF. livel, F. niveau, fr. L. libella level, water level, a plumb level, dim. of libra pound, measure for liquids, balance, water poise, level. Cf. {Librate}, {Libella}.] 1. A line or surface to which,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Level of the sea — Level Lev el (l[e^]v [e^]l), n. [OE. level, livel, OF. livel, F. niveau, fr. L. libella level, water level, a plumb level, dim. of libra pound, measure for liquids, balance, water poise, level. Cf. {Librate}, {Libella}.] 1. A line or surface to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plumb — (pl[u^]m), n. [F. plomb, L. plumbum lead, a leaden ball or bullet; cf. Gr. mo lybos, mo libos, mo lybdos. Cf. {Plummet}, {Plunge}.] A little mass or weight of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plumb bob — Plumb Plumb (pl[u^]m), n. [F. plomb, L. plumbum lead, a leaden ball or bullet; cf. Gr. mo lybos, mo libos, mo lybdos. Cf. {Plummet}, {Plunge}.] A little mass or weight of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plumb joint — Plumb Plumb (pl[u^]m), n. [F. plomb, L. plumbum lead, a leaden ball or bullet; cf. Gr. mo lybos, mo libos, mo lybdos. Cf. {Plummet}, {Plunge}.] A little mass or weight of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plumb line — Plumb Plumb (pl[u^]m), n. [F. plomb, L. plumbum lead, a leaden ball or bullet; cf. Gr. mo lybos, mo libos, mo lybdos. Cf. {Plummet}, {Plunge}.] A little mass or weight of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plumb rule — Plumb Plumb (pl[u^]m), n. [F. plomb, L. plumbum lead, a leaden ball or bullet; cf. Gr. mo lybos, mo libos, mo lybdos. Cf. {Plummet}, {Plunge}.] A little mass or weight of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plumb — [adj] vertical erect, perpendicular, sheer, straight, straight up, up and down, upright; concept 581 Ant. flat, horizontal, level plumb [v] probe, go into delve, explore, fathom, gauge, get to the bottom of*, measure, penetrate, search, sound,… …   New thesaurus

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