light draft


, Nautical.
  1. the draft of a vessel at its light displacement.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of light draft1

First recorded in 1865–70

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Example Sentences

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 magnificent Yukon river runs through the territory, and steamers of light draft can sail on its waters for 1,500 miles.

Our chief danger lay in presuming too much upon our light draft and in venturing too far from the indicated channels.

Gunboats "Chillicothe" and "Eastman" passed down, as also several light draft-boats.

Scillacio tells us that some of the smallest had been constructed of light draft, especially for exploring service.


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