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  • n. Properly the International Load Line, a mark on the hull of a merchant ship to show the waterline under specified conditions. The line shows the maximum capacity load the ship may carry.

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  • n. waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded

Etymologies

from Samuel Plimsoll, Bristol merchant and member of Parliament; promoter of the Merchant Shipping Act. (Wiktionary)

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