plumbing UK US /ˈplʌmɪŋ/ noun [U]
a system that allows information, money, etc. to move easily from one place to another: »

Efficient banks are an essential part of the financial plumbing of any developing country.


Cisco's products are largely invisible, but form part of the basic plumbing of the internet.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • plumbing — ► NOUN 1) the system of pipes, tanks, and fittings required for the water supply, heating, and sanitation in a building. 2) the work of installing and maintaining such a system …   English terms dictionary

  • plumbing — [plum′iŋ] n. 1. the work or trade of a plumber 2. the pipes and fixtures with which a plumber works …   English World dictionary

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  • plumbing — [[t]plʌ̱mɪŋ[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT The plumbing in a building consists of the water and drainage pipes, baths, and toilets in it. The electrics and the plumbing were sound but everything else had to be cleaned up. 2) N UNCOUNT Plumbing is the work of… …   English dictionary

  • Plumbing — Plumb Plumb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plumbed} (pl[u^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Plumbing} (pl[u^]m [i^]ng).] 1. To adjust by a plumb line; to cause to be perpendicular; as, to plumb a building or a wall. [1913 Webster] 2. To sound with a plumb or plummet …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plumbing —    1. a lavatory    Referring to the ancillary piping:     Unless you ve shifted the plumbing around here, I can find it. (M. McCarthy, 1963)    2. the parts of the body concerned with urination and defecation    A genteel and rather coy use,… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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