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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.
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1475-85 Unabridged
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lead line

(nautical) a length of line for swinging a lead, marked at various points to indicate multiples of fathoms
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lead-line in Medicine

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

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