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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The level of the surface of a body of water.
  • noun The water line of a ship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mining, a heading or gangway so nearly horizontal that drainage water in it flows very sluggishly or hardly at all.
  • noun The surface of the water in any vessel or reservoir, natural or artificial, in which water is standing, as in a well, canal, pond, lake, etc.; also, the plane of saturation beneath the surface of the ground, or the plane below which the soil or rock remains saturated with water under the ordinary conditions of rainfall, etc.
  • noun A leveling-instvument in which water is emploved instead of mercurv or spirit of wine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • The level formed by the surface of still water.
  • A kind of leveling instrument. See under Level, n.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The level of a body of water, especially when measured above a datum line
  • noun The level of the water table below ground
  • noun The waterline of a ship

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

  • noun underground surface below which the ground is wholly saturated with water
  • noun a line corresponding to the surface of the water when the vessel is afloat on an even keel; often painted on the hull of a ship
  • noun a water gauge that shows the level by showing the surface of the water in a trough or U-shaped tube
  • noun the level of the surface of a body of water

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