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plumb line

used a plumb line to lay the tile
  a cord from which a metal weight is suspended to indicate a straight line downward (or to measure depth)
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  • used a plumb line to lay the tile
  • He turned back and pushed open the door of my room, which had swung shut in the wake of my hasty exit, owing to the fact that the builder had apparently constructed the inn without benefit of a plumb line.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • From the basket they would drop a weighted plumb line to measure the river’s depth.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • This silence was broken by one of the brethren, who led Pierre up to the rug and began reading to him from a manuscript book an explanation of all the figures on it: the sun, the moon, a hammer, a plumb line, a trowel, a rough stone and a squared stone, a pillar, three windows, and so on.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • I kneeled down, and they raised a ladder from the ground to my neck; upon this ladder one of them mounted, and let fall a plumb-line from my collar to the floor, which just answered the length of my coat: but my waist and arms I measured myself.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Two of the most precious items—a carpenter’s level and a weighted plumb line—were missing.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The path runs straight as a plumb-line, worn smooth by feet and baked brick-hard by July, between the green rows of laid-by cotton, to the cottonhouse in the center of the field, where it turns and circles the cottonhouse at four soft right angles and goes on across the field again, worn so by feet in fading precision.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • But according to Sikhdar’s meticulous trigonometric reckoning (which took into account such factors as curvature of the earth, atmospheric refraction, and plumb-line deflection) Peak XV stood 29,002 feet above sea level, the planet’s loftiest point.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • If one builds a house using the plumb-line and spirit-level methods he does so because a straight vertical wall is less likely to collapse and thus has higher Quality than a crooked one.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • And staring down over his shoulder, between himself and Mama, he suddenly sent his hand, fork and all, in a plumb line toward the floor.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

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  • It has a red ribbon for marking one’s place, and for almost fifty years that ribbon sat in the crease as straight as a plumb line.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Taking as its plumb line the dignity and happiness of humankind, it will supply for each and every instance of suffering the means and measures that seem most appropriate tor eliminating its causes.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • As far as the concession’s German aerialist was concerned, the day had been a perfect one for ascensions, so still, he estimated, that a plumb line dropped from the basket would have touched the winch directly below.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Mr. Poyser was in his Sunday suit of drab, with a red-and-green waistcoat and a green watch-ribbon having a large cornelian seal attached, pendant like a plumb-line from that promontory where his watch-pocket was situated; a silk handkerchief of a yellow tone round his neck; and excellent grey ribbed stockings, knitted by Mrs. Poyser’s own hand, setting off the proportions of his leg.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • …like an old and broken beggar
    hunched on a stick, his body wrapped in shameful rags.
    Just in the doorway, just at the ashwood threshold,
    there he settled down ….
    leaning against the cypress post a master joiner
    planed smooth and hung with a plumb line years ago.
    Telemachus motioned the swineherd over now,
    and choosing a whole loaf from a fine wicker tray
    and as much meat as his outstretched hands could hold,
    he said, "Now take these to the stranger, tell him too
    to make the…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The bearish assistant handed Mortenson his plumb line and level, still wrapped neatly in Abdul’s cloth.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • When the village gathered by the construction site, Mortenson met them, plumb line, level, and ledger in hand.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I spent all day at the construction site, from sunrise to sunset, using my level to make sure the walls were even and my plumb line to check that they were standing straight.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • ""Then he reached out and took my plumb line, and my level and my account book, and he walked back down to Korphe," Mortenson says.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Now come down and take some tea!"That evening, by the light of a fire that burned in his balti, Haji Ali unlocked his cupboard and returned Mortenson’s level, plumb line, and account book.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
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Associated words [difficulty]:   plumb line [7] , plumb [2]
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