The channel is deep for our boat's lead-line of twenty fathoms did not reach the bottom.
Green had a lead-line on board; it was let fall over the side, but no bottom was found.
The captain gave an order to Knowles, the quartermaster, who lay aloft briskly with a piece of lead-line.
The lead-line betokened fifty fathoms where the frigate had cast anchor.
Two or three times a day, he lashed a thermometer to the lead-line and recorded bottom temperatures.
Sez Counahan: 'Either the lead-line's tuk too stretchin' or else the Bank's sunk.'
The man at the helm and the man with the lead-line fell backwards into the boat.
The gulf has become a lake, but it is also an abyss, and no lead-line has yet sounded its depths.
Gardiner sprang to the lead-line to see the effect on his own vessel.
By sending a lead-line over the ice a few hundred yards beyond us, we found ten fathoms water.
lead line n.
An irregular dark deposit in the gums occurring in lead poisoning.