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load line

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.


load line

noun

  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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Word History and Origins

Origin of load line1

First recorded in 1880–85

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Example Sentences

The dimensions of the Columbia are: Length on mean load line, 412 feet; beam, 58 feet.

This steamer, she had dry decks till her load line was altered.

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

It is somewhere, then, between her light-water load-line and her bilge.

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