American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See Plimsoll mark.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a line drawn on the side of a vessel to show the depth to which a suitable or allowable load will cause her to sink in the water. Among English seamen known as Plimsoll's mark. See mark.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) the line on the outside of a vessel indicating the depth to which it sinks in the water when loaded.
- n. waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded
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