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lead line

[led] /lɛd/
noun, Nautical
a line by which a lead is lowered into the water to take soundings: in deep-sea practice, divided into levels one fathom apart, variously treated as marks and deeps.
Origin of lead line
1475-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In trying for soundings with a lead line none could be found, so that I really think the beach is steep also.

  • It rose seven feet and a half by the lead line in the night of the 20th; and there were two tides in the twenty-four hours.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • And, towards night, they saw one of the sailors getting the lead line ready.

    The Sandman: His Sea Stories William J. Hopkins
  • No more was said, and, winding up his lead line, the captain had the rowboat turned around and headed for the island.

    Dave Porter in the South Seas Edward Stratemeyer
  • Cast the lead line over and see if you can locate the mine, lads.

    The Battleship Boys at Sea Frank Gee Patchin
  • Then the men with the lead line and lantern came along, and we took several casts of the lead.

    The First Mate Harry Collingwood
  • So I'll throw my own lead line, though I hear as how there are no soundings in the ocean of God's mercy.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • After a moment's pause, to give time for the lead line to sink completely, Ned jerked the cord and began to draw in.

    The Wreck of The Red Bird George Cary Eggleston
  • Captain Davenport held the lead line and watched it sag off to the northeast.

    South Sea Tales Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for lead line

lead line

(nautical) a length of line for swinging a lead, marked at various points to indicate multiples of fathoms
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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lead line in Medicine

lead line n.
An irregular dark deposit in the gums occurring in lead poisoning.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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