plumb line


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plumb line

n.
1. A line from which a weight is suspended to determine verticality or depth.
2. An imaginary line regarded as directed exactly toward the earth's center of gravity.

plumb line

n
1. (Navigation) a string with a metal weight at one end that, when suspended, points directly towards the earth's centre of gravity and so is used to determine verticality, the depth of water, etc
2. (Building) another name for plumb rule

plumb′ line`


n.
1. a cord with a lead bob attached to one end, used to determine perpendicularity, the depth of water, etc. Compare plumb (def. 1).
[1530–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plumb line - a cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravityplumb 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
cord - a line made of twisted fibers or threads; "the bundle was tied with a cord"
lead line, sounding line - (nautical) plumb line for determining depth
plumb, plumb bob, plummet - the metal bob of a plumb line
plumb rule - a plumb line attached to a narrow board
Translations

plumb line

n (builder's) → filo a piombo (Naut) → scandaglio
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