[ ledz-muhn ]

noun,plural leads·men.
  1. a sailor who sounds with a lead line.

Origin of leadsman

First recorded in 1500–10; lead2 + 's1 + -man

Words Nearby leadsman

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How to use leadsman in a sentence

  • 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
  • At a signal the leadsman had flown his pigeon again, though we were well past all reefs.

  • Then came the leadsman's long-drawn chant, once so familiar, the monotonous repeating in river parlance of the depths of water.

  • A leadsman had been stationed on each side of the forecastle, though there was no present occasion for their services.

  • The leadsman was ordered to sound, as the screw was stopped, and he reported sixteen fathoms with the deep-sea lead.

    Stand By The Union | Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for leadsman


/ (ˈlɛdzmən) /

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

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