Plumb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plumbed p. pr. & vb. n. Plumbing ]
1. To adjust by a plumb line; to cause to be perpendicular; as, to plumb a building or a wall.
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.
He did not attempt to plumb his intellect. --Ld. Lytton.
3. To seal with lead; as, to plumb a drainpipe.
4. To supply, as a building, with a system of plumbing.
1. The art of casting and working in lead, and applying it to building purposes; especially, the business of furnishing, fitting, and repairing pipes for conducting water, sewage, etc.
2. The lead or iron pipes, and other apparatus, used in conveying water, sewage, etc., in a building.
n 1: utility consisting of the pipes and fixtures for the
distribution of water or gas in a building and for the
disposal of sewage [syn: plumbing system]
2: the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes
and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building)
3: measuring the depths of the oceans [syn: bathymetry]