plumb·​ing ˈplə-miŋ How to pronounce plumbing (audio)
: the act of using a plumb
: a plumber's occupation or trade
: the apparatus (such as pipes and fixtures) concerned in the distribution and use of water in a building
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plumbing was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Plumbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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plumb·​ing ˈpləm-iŋ How to pronounce plumbing (audio)
: a plumber's work
: a system of pipes for supplying and carrying off water in a building
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