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noun Nautical.
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).
the line made by the surface of the water on the hull of a loaded ship.
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Origin of load line

First recorded in 1880–85
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load line

noun
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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