boot topping


noun Nautical.
the area between the water lines of a ship when fully loaded and when unloaded.
a distinctive band of paint covering this area.
Also called boottop [boot-top] .

1760–70; boot1 + topping Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
boot topping
1.  the part of a ship's hull that is between the load line and the water line when the ship is not loaded
2.  a coating applied to this part of a ship to remove marine growth

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