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.
Recent Examples on the Web Getting coverage for an older house with outdated wiring, heating systems or plumbing can be a challenge as well because of the risk of fire or water damage, which costs insurers and homeowners billions of dollars a year. Liz Weston, Star Tribune, "Hidden home risks that send insurance through the roof," 10 Oct. 2020 The end product is a high-quality soil amendment that can be used to grow a garden or trees—no infrastructure or plumbing required. Scott Yorko, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Set Up an Off-the-Grid Getaway," 8 Oct. 2020 The cabin was situated 10 miles from Fairbanks, and lacked running water or plumbing. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, "‘Silences So Deep’ Review: Northern Symphony," 2 Oct. 2020 There have also been water leaks in the police department, and plumbing problems in the police and fire departments. cleveland, "Photo evidence shows the millions of dollars of work needed at South Euclid city-owned properties," 30 Sep. 2020 His brother, one year older, also worked for his their dad doing plumbing to raise money for the younger Schreiner. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "His dad was Knute Rockne's last equipment manager, he left letters from Notre Dame coach," 23 Sep. 2020 Today, about 70 percent of the students are from Mexico, many from poor colonias, border communities started by low-income families which mostly lacked water and plumbing when they were founded. Dallas News, "Then and now, this small El Paso school pulls people together as it provides opportunities," 23 Sep. 2020 To prevent this, plumbing is supposed to be installed with air chambers to absorb the shocks and with enough strapping to keep pipes securely tied to the framing. Washington Post, "How to stop loud knocking in the water pipes," 21 Sep. 2020 Under segregationist rule, colored people enjoyed advantages, however meager, over Black people, like slightly better education for their children and housing with plumbing in some areas. Lynsey Chutel, New York Times, "‘Coloured Lives Matter’: A South African Police Shooting Like No Other," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of plumbing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Plumbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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.


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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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