plumb line

(redirected from plumb lines)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

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
References in classic literature ?
This silence was broken by one of the brethren, who led Pierre up to the rug and began reading to him from a manuscript book an explanation of all the figures on it: the sun, the moon, a hammer, a plumb line, a trowel, a rough stone and a squared stone, a pillar, three windows, and so on.
He asserted that the plumb lines of his instrument had been affected by the gravitational attraction of Table Mountain at the southern end and the Piketberg at the northern (Everest 1821).
A Habitat for Humanity construction project covers more than straight plumb lines and properly joined construction materials.
This group of tools contains such items as calipers, dividers, micrometers, thread pitch gauges and plumb lines.
What percentage of such sermons and editorials prophetically address critical issues facing Baptists today--using as plumb lines the Lordship of Christ and the authority of the Bible?
Adjustments of plumb lines variations to theoretical tidal function ought to be made in the azimuth of observations.
In my study of 1,500 professional dancers the majority of male demi-plies occur with the plumb line at between 2 and 5 cm proximal to the distal tip of the great toe; in the majority of ballerinas and female modern dancers the plumb lines strike from 5 cm proximal to toe tips to just at the great toe tip.