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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The current deferred maintenance list includes $1.32 billion in needed heating and air conditioning work, $277 million in plumbing repairs, $258 million in electrical repairs, $252 million in paving and $167 million in roof repairs. Steve Lopez,, "This election was a bigger rout than the Measure EE failure; readers vote 9 to 1 against columnist," 12 June 2019 Tools and plumbing supplies were reported stolen May 29 from a truck parked on the 6300 block of Lincoln Avenue, police said. Pioneer Press Staff,, "Morton Grove police: Woman scammed while trying to pay for hotel reservation," 7 June 2019 Twenty-nine households were evacuated from Hartford’s Barbour Gardens apartment complex Wednesday night after a plumbing failure caused wastewater to back up in their buildings, city officials said. Rebecca Lurye,, "Sewage backup forces emergency relocations from troubled Hartford apartment complex," 6 June 2019 The article describes various upgrades since the Starhopper vehicle made a short, tethered hop in early April, including new composite overwrap pressure vessels and plumbing. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Omega rocket blows a nozzle, NASA still wants 2020 SLS launch," 31 May 2019 Its 75,000 residents were often without working plumbing or regular electricity. Néstor Martí, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Saved Havana," 18 Apr. 2018 Usually, an electrical generator along with special plumbing is to thank for the hot, sticky climate. SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 Install Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC Once the stud walls are framed, hire an electrician, plumber and HVAC contractor to install all the electrical, plumbing, and heating and air-conditioning systems. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 The previous owners, who purchased the home in 2014, worked to maintain its iconic architecture while updating the plumbing, wiring, climate control, and more. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "So, Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Now the Proud Owners of...A Castle?," 3 Mar. 2019

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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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