plumb line

noun
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of plumb line

1 : a line (as of cord) that has at one end a weight (such as a plumb bob) and is used especially to determine verticality
2 : a line directed to the center of gravity of the earth : a vertical line

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First Known Use of plumb line

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PLUMB LINE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of plumb line for English Language Learners

  • : a tool that consists of a small, heavy object attached to a string or rope and that is used especially to see if something (such as a wall) is perfectly vertical



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