plumbing

noun plumb·ing \ ˈplə-miŋ \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of plumbing

1 : the act of using a plumb
2 : a plumber's occupation or trade
3 a : 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

  1. The house has old plumbing.

Recent Examples of plumbing from the Web

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First Known Use of plumbing

15th century



PLUMBING Defined for English Language Learners

plumbing

noun

Definition of plumbing for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


PLUMBING Defined for Kids

plumbing

noun plumb·ing \ ˈplə-miŋ \

Definition of plumbing for Students

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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