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Plummet line


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plummet line a line with a plummet; a sounding line.
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In literature:

How agreeable the task of applying the line and plummet!
"Friends and Neighbors" by Anonymous
Like wat'ry lines and plummets fall.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
Our plummet-lines are only too short; but they are growing longer.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863" by Various
Yet man, vain man, would, with this, short-lined plummet, Fathom the vast abyss of heavenly justice.
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
You and I cannot reach even a fraction of the way towards that perfect standard; but it is our pattern, our plummet, our measuring-line.
"The Discipline of War" by John Hasloch Potter
When one drops one's plummet into life anywhere it falls the whole length of the line we give it.
"The Zeit-Geist" by Lily Dougall
Likewise they call me the Wily One, because by me was constructed the plummet-line whereby Ulpian straightened out the Law.
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
These points being covered by a plummet, is the vertical plane including the line of metal, which becomes the plane of fire.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The leaders of the sections out of office, when the general election was over, at once fetched forth line and plummet to take their soundings.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
He is called the inventor of the axe, saw, gimlet, plummet-line, and a kind of fish-glue or isinglass.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
Here, this turn cuts off some distance, though we have been squared according to plummet and line; and then down here.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Again, whip-cord, well-dried, may be hung against a wainscot, a small plummet affixed to it, and a line drawn at the precise spot it falls to.
"Harper's Young People, August 17, 1880" by Various
And so even and regular are the terrace walls that one would think they were built with line and plummet.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
It fell like a plummet into the French second line trenches, and continued to burn there.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
The chalk is shovelled up and the walls are kept straight without line or plummet.
"Cottage Building in Cob, Pisé, Chalk and Clay" by Clough Williams-Ellis
One had to pay out such a small bit of line in order to sound them; one's plummet so soon struck bottom, as it were.
"The Adventures of a Widow" by Edgar Fawcett
The real is sometimes too real for the line and plummet of the established criticism.
"Harper's Magazine, Vol III, June 1851" by Various

In poetry:

"Like childhood, listening for the sound
Of its dropped pebbles in the well,
All vainly down the dark profound
His brief-lined plummet fell.
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Where lay the shallows of the maid
No plummet line the wife can sound;
Where round the sunny islands played
The pulses of the great profound
Lies low the treacherous everglade.
"One Woman's History" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Across the country, car dealerships are going bust, victims of plummeting sales, changing consumer tastes and frozen lines of credit.