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plimsoll

or plim·sol, plim·sole

[plim-suh l, -sohl]
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noun British.
  1. a canvas shoe with a rubber sole; gym shoe; sneaker.
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Origin of plimsoll

First recorded in 1905–10; perhaps so called from fancied resemblance of the sole to a Plimsoll mark

Plimsoll mark

noun Nautical.
  1. load-line mark.
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Origin of Plimsoll mark

1880–85; named after Samuel Plimsoll (1824–98), English member of Parliament who brought about its adoption
Also called Plim·soll.
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  • Plimsoll'll use some of them to swear that he grubstaked Casey.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • Thoughts of Plimsoll and his revenges did not bother Sandy's head.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • Sandy's voice came to Plimsoll across a gulf that could never be bridged.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • It lay alone, and few visited it save Plimsoll's own associates.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • The favor I want of you is to tip me off if Plimsoll appears about to leave the country.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn


British Dictionary definitions for plimsoll

plimsoll

plimsole

noun
  1. British a light rubber-soled canvas shoe worn for various sportsAlso called: gym shoe, sandshoe
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Word Origin

C20: so called because of the resemblance of the rubber sole to a Plimsoll line
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Word Origin and History for plimsoll

Plimsoll

n.

"mark on the hull of a British ship showing how deeply she may be loaded," 1881, from Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898), M.P. for Derby and advocate of shipping reforms (which were embodied in the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876). Sense extended 1907 to "rubber-soled canvas shoe" (equivalent of American English sneakers) because the band around the shoes that holds the two parts together reminded people of a ship's Plimsoll line; sense perhaps reinforced by sound association with sole (which sometimes influenced the spelling to plimsole). The name is of Huguenot origin.

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