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[ledz-muh n] /ˈlɛdz mən/
noun, plural leadsmen.
a sailor who sounds with a lead line.
Origin of leadsman
1500-10; lead2 + 's1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A leadsman had been stationed on each side of the forecastle, though there was no present occasion for their services.

  • The monotonous cry of the leadsman in the chains was the only sound audible.

  • The halt is a matter depending on the sounding-line, and not on the leadsman.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Also, the breast-rope which is made fast to the shrouds to protect the leadsman.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The chase led her into shoal water, the leadsman in the chains reporting a foot less than the ship drew.

  • This is strange language in the mouth of a leadsman's child!

    The Headsman James Fenimore Cooper
  • The fool said something funny, imitating the leadsman's provincial accent.

  • He slowed the freighter to a snail's pace when he approached the dredged channel, and at last the leadsman found suitable bottom.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • "Ma-a-ark, twai-ai-ain," chanted the leadsman for his final call, and not only Hugh but an echo from the land repeated it.

    Gideon's Band George W. Cable
  • Then came the leadsman's long-drawn chant, once so familiar, the monotonous repeating in river parlance of the depths of water.

British Dictionary definitions for leadsman


noun (pl) -men
(nautical) a sailor who takes soundings with a lead line
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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