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light line

noun, Nautical.
the line or level to which a ship or boat sinks when fully supplied with fuel and ballast but without cargo.
Also called light load line.
Origin of light line
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I could not trust that light line at the speed he swam, so I ran to release the strain.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • From this point is drawn a light line, HJ, toward the center of the arc.

  • Make a dot, and rule a light line which will be one inch from the cut edge.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • A light line was attached to it, and the sailors at once began to pass along.

    Orange and Green

    G. A. Henty
  • He threw a light line to the two figures and pushed himself lightly toward them.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Had the light line broken it must, as it seemed to these observers, have meant destruction of the man in the canoe.

  • Bob, who had recovered his nerve under Mart's apparent calm, dashed up the ladder and was down again with a coil of light line.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • The red-eye is a larger, slimmer bird, with a faint bluish crown, and a light line over the eye.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • This was in answer to a proposal to fasten a stone on to a light line and throw it up on to the roof.

  • A good way to do would be to draw a light line or place two dashes, to indicate the height.

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