Definition of plumbing in US English:



  • 1The system of pipes, tanks, fittings, and other apparatus required for the water supply, heating, and sanitation in a building.

    • ‘There was no kitchen or bathroom, no plumbing or central heating.’
    • ‘The heating, plumbing and wiring and part of the roof have been replaced.’
    • ‘She is living in substandard rented accommodation where the cooker does not work and the bathroom plumbing is leaking.’
    • ‘Their houses are simple wooden structures, some without plumbing or electricity.’
    • ‘The beauty of remodeling a garage is that the shell of the building - often with both electricity and plumbing - already exists.’
    • ‘I also had to dig deep trenches and lay plumbing from the house to the septic tank.’
    • ‘He simply recalled that he drained the old water heater, disconnected the plumbing and reconnected the plumbing when the new water heater was in place and filled the new tank with water.’
    • ‘Make sure to work around the plumbing and the draining systems to avoid interfering with pipes.’
    • ‘So far all the structural work has now been completed apart from things like the plumbing and gas supply, these should be done by next week.’
    • ‘Most villages have electric power, but very few houses have any indoor plumbing, and water is usually obtained from a well or a communal pump.’
    • ‘He already knew how to do many of the basic things we needed: He put in our new plumbing and electricity, and he even taught me to lay ceramic tile in the kitchen.’
    • ‘The new school has three classrooms with plumbing and electricity.’
    • ‘Don't expect to get hot water here; the plumbing is about fifty years out of date.’
    • ‘There is also a gas hob, electric oven and plumbing for a dishwasher and washing machine.’
    • ‘In the countryside, most houses are old-fashioned two- or three-room wooden structures without plumbing or electricity.’
    • ‘Make sure any electrical wiring and, most importantly, the gas line plumbing is set a safe distance from hot surfaces.’
    • ‘These families also had no running water or indoor plumbing.’
    • ‘Windows were replaced, air conditioners were installed, and plumbing was fixed to provide showers.’
    • ‘We had no indoor plumbing and no electricity until I was 7 or 8 years old.’
    • ‘The downstairs renovations will include a new entrance and kitchen as well as new plumbing, heating and air-conditioning.’
    1. 1.1 The work of installing and maintaining plumbing systems.
      • ‘Skilled trades, such as plumbing and building, represented 20 per cent of total vacancies arising from skill-shortages.’
      • ‘He could turn his hand to vehicle repairs, simple plumbing and electrical jobs, and cowboy building jobs.’
      • ‘Mix your own concrete, do your own plumbing, and wire your own electricity.’
      • ‘There seemed to be quite a bit of construction, some plumbing, carpentry, and certainly a good deal of blood, sweat and tears.’
      • ‘I know some carpentry, but I know nothing about electrics or plumbing or roofing.’
      • ‘Many had skills such as carpentry and plumbing, which could be used in military life, he added.’
      • ‘I learned plumbing, electrical, painting, paper hanging - you name it.’
      • ‘A man of many talents, Willie was instrumental in wiring many a house and plumbing when the rural electric scheme was introduced.’
      • ‘As an example, many firms in service industries such as plumbing and decorating would find it difficult to gain a cost advantage over competitors by operating at a larger scale.’
      • ‘Most of these projects require someone very knowledgeable in plumbing and laying of pipe.’
    2. 1.2informal Used as a humorous euphemism for the excretory, urinary, or reproductive systems.
      ‘maybe I should talk to my doctor about my plumbing’
      • ‘I will be taking her to a pediatric urologist after Christmas, to check out her plumbing.’
      • ‘Tomorrow's tests are to check that there's no kidney damage and to check that her 'plumbing' is right.’