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- noun Any of a set of lines on the hull of a merchant ship that indicate the depth to which it may be legally loaded under specified conditions.
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- noun nautical properly the
International Load Line, a mark on the hullof a merchant shipto show the waterlineunder specified conditions. The line shows the maximum capacity load the ship may carry.
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- noun waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[After Samuel Plimsoll, (1824–1898), British merchant and shipping reformer.]
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From Samuel Plimsoll, Bristol merchant and member of Parliament, promoter of the Merchant Shipping Act.
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