load line

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noun Nautical.
  1. Also called Plimsoll line. any of various lines marked on the sides of a cargo vessel to indicate the depth to which a vessel may be immersed under certain conditions.Compare freeboard(def 1a).
  2. the line made by the surface of the water on the hull of a loaded ship.

Origin of load line

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of load line

  • Load-line, line painted on the outside of a vessel to mark the extreme of immersion in loading her with a cargo.

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British Dictionary definitions for load line

load line

  1. nautical a pattern of lines painted on the hull of a ship, approximately midway between the bow and the stern, indicating the various levels that the waterline should reach if the ship is properly loaded under given circumstances
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