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plumb line

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n plumb line a cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravity; used to determine the vertical from a given point
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Plumb line The cord by which a plumb bob is suspended; a plummet
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Usage

In literature:

In the game way the stem and stern were measured with a plumb-line.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
She walked as though she had no definite destination, not straight ahead in a plumb line.
"Stubble" by George Looms
A little stream fell in one long thread of silver from the very summit, like a plumb-line dropped to measure the 2000 feet.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
But not the longest fish-line had ever been long enough to plumb Sandy's depths.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Astronomers have ascertained the deflection of plumb lines from the vertical, by the action of mountains.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
Thus he shewed me: and behold the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in His hand.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
And, besides, there was a chance for him to go "plumb crazy" while riding the line and seeing that the cattle did not break through.
"Elam Storm, The Wolfer" by Harry Castlemon
Use a plumb-line: use it frequently, and measure horizontals and verticals.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
One of us, Daedalus, brought him the axe, the plumb-line, and the sail.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
Mark first the prick where y^e plumbe line shal lyght: and prick out of ech side of it .ij.
"The Path-Way to Knowledg" by Robert Record
Bouger found it made the plumb line deviate 7" or 8".
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
Nails are up, too, and bolts, screws, locks, and all lines of plumbing material.
"The Cottage of Delight" by Will N. Harben
He uses a plumb-line which tells him through his eye the precise line along which he must pile his bricks.
"Rustic Sounds and Other Studies in Literature and Natural History" by Francis Darwin
Titiens then in a formal manner laid the first brick, using the plumb-line to ascertain that the work had been properly done.
"The Mapleson Memoirs, vol I" by James H. Mapleson
Daed'alus is also mentioned as the inventor of the axe, plumb-line and augur.
"The Student's Mythology" by Catherine Ann White
Wooden pins and a plumb line can easily be made.
"The Teaching of Geometry" by David Eugene Smith
There is a ledge of rock about 190 ft. down, from which a plumb-line drops a further distance of 166 ft.
"Climbing in The British Isles. Vol. 1 - England" by W. P. Haskett Smith
Test it with a plumb-line, and see if it does so.
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday
The trunks stand as straight and regular as posts set with a plumb-line.
"A Report on Washington Territory" by William Henry Ruffner
Why is a plumb-line useful in building houses?
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
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In news:

According to the manufacturer, the insulation couplings significantly reduce the time required to secure pipe and tube used for refrigerant lines, hot- and cold-water plumbing, and chilled, water systems.
Fuel was supplied from a Weldon fuel pump plumbed from the driver side to the factory inlet supply line.
Daniel McNeeley of Neal Brothers Plumbing dug into smoldering rubble to prepare to cap a water line after a barn fire Thursday morning on East Hickman Road.
The Last Line of Defense for Plumbing-System Safety.
Rose Do it Best Hardware offers a complete line of hardware, plumbing, electrical, paint, housewares, and tool supplies for everyone from the do-it -yourself homeowner to the professional.
HydroKing® Commercial, a line of IPS SDR 11 CPVC hot and cold water plumbing pipe, is engineered specifically for multi-story commercial water systems in both new construction and retrofits.
Plumbing Contractor Protests by Lining Yard With Toilets.
CPP hired Terry the Plumber on a two-year contract worth $160,000 to replace plumbing and gas lines at buildings it owns.
Looks like they're getting all the plumbing lines down before pouring the concrete slab, but they do have some steel already up, looks like where the corner...
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They're consumed by rational planning and methodology and passionate about uniformity, accuracy, proportions, and plumb lines.
This will allow us time to plumb our transmission cooler lines out of the way and spend time wiring the J-Tec controller that will make the transmission and engine work in harmony.
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In science:

The parallel wire level sensors were developed for use in the circulation plumbing lines to have a minimal effect on the fluid flow through the plumbing.
The LUX Prototype Detector: Heat Exchanger Development
Z - the zenith, intersection of the celestial sphere with the outward continuation of the plumb line at the observer’s location. 6 P C Z = 90◦ − φ - definition of φ.
Search for Gamma Ray Emission from Galactic Plane with Milagro
The equatorial coordinate system of hour angle and declination (H, δ) is built around the axis of rotation of the Earth whereas the horizon one of zenith and azimuth (A, z) uses a plumb line as the reference.
Search for Gamma Ray Emission from Galactic Plane with Milagro
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