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

  • n. The level of the surface of a body of water.
  • n. Geology See water table.
  • n. The water line of a ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an instrument to show the level by means of the surface of water in a trough, or in upright tubes connected by a pipe.
  • The level formed by the surface of still water.
  • A kind of leveling instrument. See under Level, n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, a heading or gangway so nearly horizontal that drainage water in it flows very sluggishly or hardly at all.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A leveling-instvument in which water is emploved instead of mercurv or spirit of wine.

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

  • n. underground surface below which the ground is wholly saturated with water
  • n. 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
  • n. a water gauge that shows the level by showing the surface of the water in a trough or U-shaped tube
  • n. the level of the surface of a body of water


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  • Most of the White Nile from Halfaya to Berber was still open to his steamers, the Shaygia tribes on its banks remained hostile to the Mahdi, and the seasonal rise in water level made river travel easier.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • He placed the axe blade on the ice just ove water level in front of Costas 'face and took a ort swing.

    Crusader Gold

  • But the water level was a good six inches from overflowing, and the fish seemed to be enjoying themselves, careening playfully in the turbulence, pecking at the rain-packed surface of the water, creating kinetic rainbows that sparkled through the gloom.

    Over the Edge

  • Then, although an advance party of cavalry had been sent ahead to Wadi Halfa ready for a dash to Dongola, and although native boats had been stockpiled at Dongola for the journey upriver, Wolseley insisted that when the water level dropped, the Nile would be too shallow for native boats.

    Three Empires on the Nile

  • But the water level remained unchanged beneath the adĀ­vancing skid, and the sensors slept on.

    The False Mirror

  • Kahvi and Earrin stayed awake, watching the water level of the air lock.

    The Nitrogen Fix


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