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  • n. A rod or piece of iron used to ascertain the depth of water in a ship's hold. It is let down in a groove by a pump.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a rod used to ascertain the depth of water in a ship's hold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A graduated rod or piece of iron used to ascertain the depth of water in a ship's pump-well, and consequently in the hold.

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