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noun

a line weighted with a lead or plummet (sounding lead ) and bearing marks to show the length paid out, used for sounding, as at sea.

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Origin of sounding line

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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sounding line

noun

a line marked off to indicate its length and having a sounding lead at one end. It is dropped over the side of a vessel to determine the depth of the water
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