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[ledz-muh n]
noun, plural leads·men.
  1. a sailor who sounds with a lead line.
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Origin of leadsman

First recorded in 1500–10; lead2 + 's1 + -man
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Examples from the Web for leadsman

Historical Examples of leadsman

  • The monotonous cry of the leadsman in the chains was the only sound audible.

    The Crusade of the Excelsior

    Bret Harte

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for leadsman


noun plural -men
  1. nautical a sailor who takes soundings with a lead line
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