What does plumbing mean?

Definitions for plumbingˈplʌm ɪŋ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word plumbing.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plumbing, plumbing system(noun)

    utility consisting of the pipes and fixtures for the distribution of water or gas in a building and for the disposal of sewage

  2. plumbing, plumbery(noun)

    the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building)

  3. bathymetry, plumbing(noun)

    measuring the depths of the oceans


  1. plumbing(Noun)

    The pipes, together with the joints, tanks, stopcocks, taps and other fixtures of a water, gas or sewage system in a house or other building.

  2. plumbing(Noun)

    The trade or occupation of a plumber.

  3. plumbing(Noun)

    A system of vessels or ducts in the human body, especially the genitourinary system.

    My plumbing was playing up, so I had to see the doctor.

  4. plumbing(Noun)

    A Murasugi sum where each disk summed along has its boundary subdivided into four segments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plumbing

    of Plumb

  2. Plumbing(noun)

    the art of casting and working in lead, and applying it to building purposes; especially, the business of furnishing, fitting, and repairing pipes for conducting water, sewage, etc

  3. Plumbing(noun)

    the lead or iron pipes, and other apparatus, used in conveying water, sewage, etc., in a building


  1. Plumbing

    Plumbing is the system of pipes, drains fittings, valves, valve assemblies, and devices installed in a building for the distribution of water for drinking, heating and washing, and the removal of waterborne wastes, and the skilled trade of working with pipes, tubing and plumbing fixtures in such systems. A plumber is someone who installs or repairs piping systems, plumbing fixtures and equipment such as water heaters and backflow preventers. The plumbing industry is a basic and substantial part of every developed economy due to the need for clean water, and sanitary collection and transport of wastes. The word "plumbing" comes from the Latin plumbum for lead, as pipes were once made from lead. Plumbing is usually distinguished from water supply and sewage systems, in that a plumbing system serves one building, while water and sewage systems serve a group of buildings.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. plumbing

    [Unix] Term used for shell code, so called because of the prevalence of pipelines that feed the output of one program to the input of another. Under Unix, user utilities can often be implemented or at least prototyped by a suitable collection of pipelines and temp-file grinding encapsulated in a shell script; this is much less effort than writing C every time, and the capability is considered one of Unix's major winning features. A few other OSs such as IBM's VM/CMS support similar facilities. Esp.: used in the construction hairy plumbing (see hairy). “You can kluge together a basic spell-checker out of sort(1), comm(1), and tr(1) with a little plumbing.” See also tee.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plumbing in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plumbing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Farias:

    Each van has to stock 450 plumbing parts.

  2. Mark Weislogel:

    We're geeks, and we make spacecraft fluid systems, it's like space plumbing.

  3. Issa Arnita:

    Initial assessments indicate significant damage to the plumbing and heating and cooling systems.

  4. Michael Dee:

    (Winters) has to do some very deep plumbing to understand the depth of the problems in asset quality, credit exposure, litigation risks, mismarked positions.

  5. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    Modern cynics and skeptics ... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.

Images & Illustrations of plumbing

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