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 The plumbing problems continued in May, with the tubs not draining well. Sig Christenson,, "Family fled sewage-contaminated house on San Antonio base," 24 Nov. 2019 Here’s what investigators learned: Sparks, who worked for an Oxford plumbing company, had been hired by McDonald to do work at the home. Carol Robinson |, al, "'It’s a mystery’: Homeowner, 61, charged in bizarre shooting death of his plumber," 16 Sep. 2019 But a plumber working regularly for a plumbing company and sent out on jobs must be an employee. Los Angeles Times, "A bill giving workplace protection to a million Californians moves one step closer to law," 30 Aug. 2019 Pavol Vido shot three employees of the plumbing company and Whitten — the Liberty County deputy who was sent to investigate reports of a shooting at the Cleveland business on May 29. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty County deputy honored by Congressman Brian Babin after shooting in Cleveland," 11 July 2019 Sharpe, who owned a plumbing company, also is white. Michael Kunzelman, Fox News, "Defense: Suspect in string of killings may have been insane," 10 May 2018 One time, Riley arranged for Kennedy to meet with some businessmen at a plumbing company. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Hanging with the Kennedys in Indy: 'I don't think they ever had money in their pockets'," 4 Apr. 2018 Two years ago Lamb converted a former plumbing company inhabited by round-the-clock guard dogs into a showroom, offices and a work studio with two kilns. Steffie Nelson,, "Frogtown: A wonderfully weird creative hub blossoms along the L.A. River," 27 Mar. 2018 As plumbing problems go, this will be an expensive one to sort out. Alexander Saeedy, Fortune, "Why the Repo Market is such a Big Deal—and Why Its $400 Billion Bailout is so Unnerving," 23 Sep. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

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“Plumbing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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