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Plum vs. Plumb — What's the Difference?

Plum vs. Plumb — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Plum and Plumb

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Plum

A plum is a fruit of some species in Prunus subg. Prunus.

Plumb

Measure (the depth of a body of water)
I plumbed the depth and found the bottom of the shelf to be seven metres down

Plum

Any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Prunus of the rose family, especially the cultivated species P. domestica and P. salicina, bearing smooth-skinned, fleshy, edible fruit with a single stone.

Plumb

Test (an upright surface) to determine the vertical
They are valuable aids in plumbing the frames and keeping the side of the ship fair

Plum

The fruit of any of these trees.
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Plumb

Install an appliance such as a bath, toilet, or washing machine and connect to water and drainage pipes
He had plumbed in a second-hand washing machine

Plum

Any of several trees bearing plumlike fruit.

Plumb

A ball of lead or other heavy object attached to the end of a line for finding the depth of water or determining the vertical on an upright surface.

Plum

The fruit of such a tree.

Plumb

Exactly
Trading opportunities plumb in the centre of central Europe

Plum

A raisin, when added to a pudding or cake.

Plumb

Vertically
Drapery fell from their human forms plumb down

Plum

A sugarplum.

Plumb

Vertical
Ensure that the skirting is straight and plumb

Plum

A dark purple to deep reddish purple.

Plumb

A weight on the end of a line, used to determine water depth.

Plum

An especially desirable position, assignment, or reward
An ambassadorship granted as a political plum.

Plumb

A weight on the end of a line, used especially by masons and carpenters to establish a true vertical.

Plum

Variant of plumb.

Plumb

In a vertical or perpendicular line.

Plum

Variant of plumb.

Plumb

(Informal) Directly; squarely
Fell plumb in the middle of the puddle.

Plum

The fruit and its tree.

Plumb

Also plum(Informal) Utterly; completely
Plumb worn out. right.

Plum

An edible, fleshy stone fruit of Prunus domestica (European plum), often of a dark red or purple colour.

Plumb

Exactly vertical.

Plum

A stone-fruit tree which bears this fruit, Prunus domestica.

Plumb

Also plum(Informal) Utter; absolute; sheer
A plumb fool.

Plum

The edible, fleshy stone fruit of several species resembling the plum, or the tree from which they grow.

Plumb

To determine the depth of with a plumb; sound.

Plum

A dried grape or raisin, as used in a pudding or cake.

Plumb

To test the verticality or alignment of with a plumb.

Plum

Extended senses.

Plumb

To straighten or make perpendicular
Plumb up the wall.

Plum

One hundred thousand pounds; generally a fortune.

Plumb

To examine closely or deeply; probe
"Shallow ideas are plumbed and discarded" (Gilbert Highet).

Plum

A desirable or choice thing of its kind; a prize selection; a choice appointment, assignment etc.
The mayor rewarded his cronies with cushy plums, requiring little work for handsome pay.

Plumb

To seal with lead.

Plum

A dark bluish-red color/colour, the colour of some plums.

Plumb

To outfit with or connect to a plumbing system
Plumbed the utility closet so a washing machine could be installed.

Plum

A testicle.

Plumb

To work as a plumber.

Plum

A fool, an idiot.

Plumb

Truly vertical, as indicated by a plumb line.

Plum

(comparable) Of a dark bluish-red colour.

Plumb

(cricket) Describing an LBW where the batsman is hit on the pads directly in front of their wicket and should be given out.

Plum

(not comparable) Choice; especially lavish or preferred.
She landed a plum position as an executive for the firm.

Plumb

In a vertical direction; perpendicularly.

Plum

Plumb

Plumb

(informal) Squarely, directly; deeply, completely.
It hit him plumb in the middle of his face.
Years ago the well plumb dried out, not a drop of water in there since.

Plum

Completely; utterly.
You're going to think I'm plum crazy for this, but I want to adopt all seven kittens.

Plumb

A little mass of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a vertical direction.

Plum

(mining) To plumb.

Plumb

(nautical) A weight on the end of a long line, used by sailors to determine the depth of water.

Plum

The edible drupaceous fruit of the Prunus domestica, and of several other species of Prunus; also, the tree itself, usually called plum tree.
The bullace, the damson, and the numerous varieties of plum, of our gardens, although growing into thornless trees, are believed to be varieties of the blackthorn, produced by long cultivation.

Plumb

The perpendicular direction or position.

Plum

A grape dried in the sun; a raisin.

Plumb

To determine the depth, generally of a liquid; to sound.

Plum

A handsome fortune or property; formerly, in cant language, the sum of £100,000 sterling; also, the person possessing it.

Plumb

To attach to a water supply and drain.

Plum

Something likened to a plum in desirableness; a good or choice thing of its kind, as among appointments, positions, parts of a book, etc.; as, the mayor rewarded his cronies with cushy plums, requiring little work for handsome pay

Plumb

To think about or explore in depth, to get to the bottom of, especially to plumb the depths of.

Plum

A color resembling that of a plum; a slightly grayish deep purple, varying somewhat in its red or blue tint.

Plumb

To use a plumb bob as a measuring or aligning tool.

Plum

Any of several trees producing edible oval smooth-skinned fruit with a single hard stone

Plumb

To accurately align vertically or horizontally.

Plum

Any of numerous varieties of small to medium-sized round or oval smooth-skinned fruit with a single pit

Plumb

(dated) To seal something with lead.

Plum

Exactly;
Fell plumb in the middle of the puddle

Plumb

(intransitive) To work as a plumber.

Plum

Completely; used as intensifiers;
Clean forgot the appointment
I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out

Plumb

(rare) To fall or sink like a plummet.

Plumb

To trace a road or track; to follow it to its end.

Plumb

(nautical) To position vertically above or below.

Plumb

A little mass or weight of lead, or the like, attached to a line, and used by builders, etc., to indicate a vertical direction; a plummet; a plumb bob. See Plumb line, below.

Plumb

Perpendicular; vertical; conforming the direction of a line attached to a plumb; as, the wall is plumb.

Plumb

In a plumb direction; perpendicularly.

Plumb

To adjust by a plumb line; to cause to be perpendicular; as, to plumb a building or a wall.

Plumb

To sound with a plumb or plummet, as the depth of water; hence, to examine by test; to ascertain the depth, quality, dimension, etc.; to sound; to fathom; to test.
He did not attempt to plumb his intellect.

Plumb

To seal with lead; as, to plumb a drainpipe.

Plumb

To supply, as a building, with a system of plumbing.

Plumb

The metal bob of a plumb line

Plumb

Measure the depth of something

Plumb

Weight with lead

Plumb

Examine thoroughly and in great depth

Plumb

Adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical

Plumb

Exactly vertical;
The tower of Pisa is far out of plumb

Plumb

Completely; used as intensifiers;
Clean forgot the appointment
I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out

Plumb

Conforming to the direction of a plumb line

Plumb

Exactly;
Fell plumb in the middle of the puddle

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