plumb bob


Definition of plumb bob

: the metal bob of a plumb line

Examples of plumb bob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a long time, the tools used to measure medieval buildings were nearly as old as the buildings themselves: plumb bobs, string, rulers, and pencils. Andrew Tallon, National Geographic, "Historian uses lasers to unlock mysteries of Gothic cathedrals," 16 Apr. 2019 The plumb bob will hang at the angle reading for your latitude. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Figure Out Where You Are With Nothing But a Watch and Protractor," 3 May 2018 Accurate to within 1/4 of an inch per 100 feet of range, the kit comes with a tripod with quick-adjust legs, a heavy-duty 8-foot aluminum grade rod (feet-inches-eighths), a plumb bob, and a kit box to safeguard the laser during transport. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Keep Things Level With Today's Discounted DeWalt Tools," 17 Jan. 2018 Cake pans, coffee pots, cash registers, and a white ElectroChef stove appeared amid scientific instruments such as steel calipers and a brass plumb bob. Jason Farago, New York Times, "These Obsessive Men of MoMA Furnished Your Modernist Home," 7 Sep. 2017

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1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Plumb bob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plumb bob

: a usually small, heavy object that is used to make a string or rope hang straight : the heavy object that is part of a plumb line

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