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plumb

plumb

 
 
pronunciation:
pluhm
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, adverb, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
out of plumb, off plumb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a small weight tied to a line and used to establish the depth of water or to verify a vertical alignment.
synonyms:
plumb bob, plummet
similar words:
bob, sinker, weight
phrase: out of plumb
phrase: off plumb
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: truly vertical.
similar words:
perpendicular, upright, vertical
definition 2: (informal) utter; complete.
a plumb idiot
synonyms:
downright, outright, perfect, plain, total, utter
similar words:
absolute, complete, consummate, out-and-out, pure, unmitigated
 
part of speech: adverb
definition 1: in a perpendicular or vertical line.
similar words:
perpendicularly, plump, vertically
definition 2: precisely; exactly.
plumb in the center
synonyms:
exactly, precisely, right
similar words:
absolutely, clearly, definitely, direct, flat, just, positively, straight
definition 3: (informal) thoroughly; entirely.
plumb crazy
synonyms:
absolutely, completely, downright, entirely, flat, fully, outright, totally
similar words:
altogether, quite, stark, utterly, wholly
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: plumbed, plumbing, plumbs
definition 1: to use a plumb to check the depth or alignment of.
synonyms:
fathom, sound
similar words:
gauge, measure
definition 2: to investigate thoroughly.
I'd like to plumb your feelings on this topic.
synonyms:
examine, explore, probe
similar words:
exhaust, fathom, investigate, scrutinize
definition 3: to fit with plumbing fixtures.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to install or repair plumbing; do the work of a plumber.
Homophone Note
The words plumb and plum sound alike but have different meanings. To learn why a plum tastes much better than a plumb, look up plum.
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