plumb·​ing | \ ˈplə-miŋ How to pronounce plumbing (audio) \

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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Other than a few potatoes and a box of rice, there was little food in the compound, which Hogrefe said consisted of a small travel trailer buried in the ground and covered by plastic with no water, plumbing and electricity. Fox News, "Moms of 11 children found at New Mexico compound arrested," 6 Aug. 2018 According to Haines, an island also creates additional space to house kitchen plumbing and appliances: sinks, a refrigerator drawer, warming drawer, dishwasher, wine refrigerators, or microwave. Jennifer Baum Lagdameo, Curbed, "So you want a kitchen island?," 30 July 2018 Mechanicals The systems inside the walls and ceilings such as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC that essentially power the home. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "See The Definitions Of Common Renovation Terms," 26 Dec. 2018 Other businesses are also offering a variety of discounts, from plumbing and electrical housework to assistance with medical bills. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How To Donate to the People Hit Hardest by the Government Shutdown," 24 Jan. 2019 That's true as long as those people aren’t in direct contact with that wiring or plumbing. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Grand Canyon gets the most lightning strikes among popular parks," 6 July 2018 To save your plumbing (and help the environment), both Kotex and Tampax recommend throwing tampons out in the trash, by the way. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Normal Are Your Hygiene Habits?," 25 July 2018 The board also adopted the updated Illinois Plumbing Code, which defines minor repairs as those that do not require changes in the piping or do not involve removing, replacing or installing any pipe or plumbing fixture. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Permits no longer needed for minor repairs in Will County, board rules," 18 May 2018 But the little cubicles were still there, as were the plumbing fixtures. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "PADS Lake County's Waukegan resource center again under fire," 19 Apr. 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 How to pronounce plumbing (audio) \

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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