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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A line marked at intervals of fathoms and weighted at one end, used to determine the depth of water. Also called lead line.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a line having a plummet at the end, used in making soundings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A line for trying the depth of water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (nautical) plumb line for determining depth

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