noun Date: 1666 1. the act of using a plumb 2. a plumber's occupation or trade 3. a. the apparatus (as pipes and fixtures) concerned in the distribution and use of water in a building b. an internal system that resembles plumbing; especially one consisting of conduits or channels for conveying fluids

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