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light draft

noun, Nautical.
the draft of a vessel at its light displacement.
Origin of light draft
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The magnificent Yukon river runs through the territory, and steamers of light draft can sail on its waters for 1,500 miles.

    The Blue and The Gray A. R. White
  • Even if the supplies were at Texas City they could not be moved fast, as there were not enough boats of light draft at Galveston.

  • The Indian boats were of light draft, but they could not go much further, and the village must be near.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Consequently our stay on the island was soon terminated by our embarking on a light draft steamer for Corpus Christi.

  • The entrance into the harbor is very shallow and allows only sailboats of light draft.

    The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby
  • It was a craft of perhaps thirty-five feet, slender, of light draft, and quite certainly built for speed.

    The Secret Wireless

    Lewis E. Theiss
  • Within their embrace was a more or less safe anchorage for light draft craft.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • It is the head of canoe navigation, and steamboats of light draft can approach it.

  • The Nantucket was a small side-wheel steamer of light draft, and we were able to run in and out over the bar at will.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • Our chief danger lay in presuming too much upon our light draft and in venturing too far from the indicated channels.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion

    Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins

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