Plumb Plumb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plumbed} (pl[u^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Plumbing} (pl[u^]m"[i^]ng).] 1. To adjust by a plumb line; to cause to be perpendicular; as, to plumb a building or a wall. [1913 Webster]

2. To sound with a plumb or plummet, as the depth of water; hence, to examine by test; to ascertain the depth, quality, dimension, etc.; to sound; to fathom; to test. [1913 Webster]

He did not attempt to plumb his intellect. --Ld. Lytton. [1913 Webster]

3. To seal with lead; as, to plumb a drainpipe. [1913 Webster]

4. To supply, as a building, with a system of plumbing. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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