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lead line

[led] /lɛd/
noun, Nautical.
a line by which a lead is lowered into the water to take soundings: in deep-sea practice, divided into levels one fathom apart, variously treated as marks and deeps.
Origin of lead line
First recorded in 1475-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • So the two boys went to look for the sailor with the lead line.

    The Sandman: His Sea Stories William J. Hopkins
  • The lead line hung from a peg driven into a crevice in the rock.

  • Cast the lead line over and see if you can locate the mine, lads.

    The Battleship Boys at Sea Frank Gee Patchin
  • Captain Davenport held the lead line and watched it sag off to the northeast.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
  • And you can drop a lead line close to the edge of the reef anywhere about Ocean Island, and get no soundings at forty fathoms.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
  • It rose seven feet and a half by the lead line in the night of the 20th; and there were two tides in the twenty-four hours.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • She seized the lead line from Vancouver's boat and made it fast to her own canoe, while another stole a musket.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • In trying for soundings with a lead line none could be found, so that I really think the beach is steep also.

  • They took a lead line along, and remained away until dark, taking as many soundings as they possibly could.

    Dave Porter in the South Seas Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for lead line

lead line

(nautical) a length of line for swinging a lead, marked at various points to indicate multiples of fathoms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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lead line in Medicine

lead line n.
An irregular dark deposit in the gums occurring in lead poisoning.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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