Definitions

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  • n. A leash or strap for leading an animal.
  • n. A sounding line; an instrument used in navigation to measure water depth.

Etymologies

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lead +‎ line (verb "to lead")

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lead +‎ line (after the metal); the attached plummet is usually made from lead.

Examples

  • You pull with the leadline and by the halter and they have no choice but to move! and you tend not to get dragged that way.

    The Bull Calf

  • “The leadline must always be in hand, when passing through this channel,” Champlain wrote.

    Champlain's Dream

  • How about a fake leadline like “George Clooney Punches Matt Drudge for not Helping in Darfur”?

    Think Progress » Drudge’s Effort To Spin Global Warming Science Reaches Record High

  • Recognising promptly what the trouble is, the energetic Captain grabs up a broom, ties a light cord belonging to the leadline to it, and holding the broom by the end of its handle, swings it round his head and hurls it at the canoe.

    Travels in West Africa

  • Then he cut up an old wool undershirt and wrapped the pieces around miscellaneous junk -- old nuts and bolts, chunks of leadline, anything to make up half a dozen packages of good throwing heft.

    Cat and Mouse

  • When or why or how the custom arose nobody was old enough to remember; but a master mariner would as soon have thought of sailing without log or leadline as of putting in and out of Ponteglos without tasting Master Simon's ale -- "calling for orders," as they put it.

    Wandering Heath

  • It was a difficult task in the night, because the leadline had to be passed from the quarter-deck to the cathead outside the shrouds; the rails and deck were slippery.

    Blow The Man Down A Romance Of The Coast - 1916

  • Captain grabs up a broom, ties a light cord belonging to the leadline to it, and holding the broom by the end of its handle, swings it round his head and hurls it at the canoe.

    Travels in West Africa

  • One of her crew threw a leadline towards a seaman on the shore.

    Battles with the Sea

  • One of the hands seizing a leadline, sprang into the chains and hove it.

    The Three Lieutenants

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