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plumb line



  1. a string with a metal weight at one end that, when suspended, points directly towards the earth's centre of gravity and so is used to determine verticality, the depth of water, etc
  2. another name for plumb rule

Example Sentences Including 'plumb line'

) Tip: If you don't have a swanky four-foot level, tie a heavy nut to the end of a string to establish a plumb line.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
From the rim where they stood, cliffs of the usual dark grey stone fell straight as a plumb line down to the
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War
Pannenberg's famous phrase," revelation as history", becomes the decisive plumb line.
Irish Times (2002)
Then the gorge opens up to reveal the "crux" of the day - a vertical 80yd face with the wire running straight as a plumb line down the rock.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been build true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand.
Montgomery, Daniel B Fire in the Lotus - the dynamic Buddhism of Nichiren
l Make a plumb line from floor to ceiling at each side using a straight length of timber and spirit level.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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