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PLUMB

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does plumb mean? 

PLUMB (noun)
  The noun PLUMB has 1 sense:

1. the metal bob of a plumb line

  Familiarity information: PLUMB used as a noun is very rare.


PLUMB (adjective)
  The adjective PLUMB has 1 sense:

1. exactly vertical

  Familiarity information: PLUMB used as an adjective is very rare.


PLUMB (verb)
  The verb PLUMB has 4 senses:

1. measure the depth of something
2. weight with lead
3. examine thoroughly and in great depth
4. adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical

  Familiarity information: PLUMB used as a verb is uncommon.


PLUMB (adverb)
  The adverb PLUMB has 3 senses:

1. completely; used as intensifiers
2. conforming to the direction of a plumb line
3. exactly

  Familiarity information: PLUMB used as an adverb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PLUMB (noun)


Sense 1plumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The metal bob of a plumb line

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

plumb; plumb bob; plummet

Hypernyms ("plumb" is a kind of...):

bob (a hanging weight, especially a metal ball on a string)

Holonyms ("plumb" is a part of...):

perpendicular; plumb line (a cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravity; used to determine the vertical from a given point)


PLUMB (adjective)


Sense 1plumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exactly vertical

Context example:

the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb

Similar:

perpendicular; vertical (at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line)


PLUMB (verb)


Sense 1plumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Measure the depth of something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Hypernyms (to "plumb" is one way to...):

measure; quantify (express as a number or measure or quantity)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2plumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Weight with lead

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "plumb" is one way to...):

burden; burthen; weight; weight down (weight down with a load)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3plumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examine thoroughly and in great depth

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Hypernyms (to "plumb" is one way to...):

explore (examine minutely)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence examples:

The men plumb the area for animals
The men plumb for animals in the area


Sense 4plumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "plumb" is one way to...):

adjust; correct; set (alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


PLUMB (adverb)


Sense 1plumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Completely; used as intensifiers

Synonyms:

clean; plumb; plum

Context examples:

clean forgot the appointment / I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out

Domain usage:

argot; cant; jargon; lingo; patois; slang; vernacular (a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves))


Sense 2plumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conforming to the direction of a plumb line


Sense 3plumb [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exactly

Synonyms:

plum; plumb

Context example:

fell plumb in the middle of the puddle

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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