plumb the depths of

Definition of plumb the depths of

1 literary :to examine (something) in a careful and complete way in order to understand it
  • The play plumbs the depths of human nature.
2 :to experience a lot of (something)
  • someone who has plumbed the depths of loss/pain

Word by Word Definitions

plumb play
  1. : a lead weight attached to a line and used to indicate a vertical direction

  1. : straight down or up : vertically

  2. : to a complete degree : absolutely

  3. : in a direct manner : exactly

  1. : to weight with lead

  2. : to measure the depth of with a plumb

  3. : to examine minutely and critically

  1. : exactly vertical or true

  2. : thorough, complete

depth play depths
  1. : a deep place in a body of water

  2. : a part that is far from the outside or surface

  3. : abyss


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