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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First Known Use of plumbing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Nov 2019

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

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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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