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[ledz-muh n] /ˈlɛdz mən/
noun, plural leadsmen.
a sailor who sounds with a lead line.
Origin of leadsman
First recorded in 1500-10; lead2 + 's1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The monotonous cry of the leadsman in the chains was the only sound audible.

  • Also, the breast-rope which is made fast to the shrouds to protect the leadsman.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • "By the mark seven," sung out the leadsman in the starboard chains.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • Now another of the leadsman's weaknesses gained the upper hand.

  • This is strange language in the mouth of a leadsman's child!

    The Headsman James Fenimore Cooper
  • The halt is a matter depending on the sounding-line, and not on the leadsman.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • The anchor plunged over and the cable roared out, then a leadsman forward gave their soundings.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • She lurched across with dry decks, and when the leadsman got deeper water the pilot brought her round and pulled up his canoe.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • At the same moment the leadsman in the chains gave his warning cry: “Three fathoms only, and shoaling fast!”

    Across the Spanish Main Harry Collingwood
  • He slowed the freighter to a snail's pace when he approached the dredged channel, and at last the leadsman found suitable bottom.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for leadsman


noun (pl) -men
(nautical) a sailor who takes soundings with a lead line
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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