plumb·​ing | \ˈplə-miŋ \

Definition of plumbing 

1 : the act of using a plumb

2 : a plumber's occupation or trade

3a : the apparatus (such as pipes and fixtures) concerned in the distribution and use of water in a building

b : an internal system that resembles plumbing especially : one consisting of conduits or channels for conveying fluids

Examples of plumbing in a Sentence

The house has old plumbing.

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One manufacturer recruited at a high school parents’ night, and a plumbing company began offering an on-site tap flows with craft beer to keep workers content. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Layoffs Just Reached a Half-Century Low," 6 Sep. 2018 It is riddled with plumbing issues, lacks fire sprinklers and carries a host of other liabilities and concerns. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Seller proposed Ash Street tower as a new City Hall, and Faulconer aides never told the City Council," 28 May 2018 In stepped Kevin, an architect with Nicholl Field Design in Oceanport, N.J., who also works at Barton Supply in Cherry Hill, his family’s plumbing business. Terri Akman,, "Old Bayview Motel in Strathmere transformed into family compound," 22 May 2018 The rule protects public health by limiting the amount of lead and copper at the tap that is often caused by the corrosion of plumbing fixtures that contain lead and copper. Georeen Tanner, Fox News, "Lead may be making Newark’s water poisonous," 17 Aug. 2018 The building is in urgent need of costly plumbing, heating, air-conditioning and electrical repairs. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro seeks buyer for downtown D.C. headquarters," 12 July 2018 Keep away from plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets. Victoria Cheyne, Houston Chronicle, "Tips for preventing lightning-related deaths and injuries this July 4th," 3 July 2018 Also participating are 17 trade contractors, including painting, plumbing, plastering, framing and electric companies. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "'I did it by myself': Despite the heat, interns enjoy learning the construction trade," 29 June 2018 Its electrical cabling, plumbing, and heating have not been updated since the 1950s. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside Queen Elizabeth’s Plan to Save Buckingham Palace," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of plumbing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of plumbing

: a system of pipes that carries water through a building

: the work of a plumber : the job of installing and repairing sinks, toilets, water pipes, etc.


plumb·​ing | \ˈplə-miŋ \

Kids Definition of plumbing

1 : a system of pipes and fixtures for supplying and carrying off water in a building

2 : the installation or repair of part or all of such a system of pipes and fixtures

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