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light line

noun, Nautical
the line or level to which a ship or boat sinks when fully supplied with fuel and ballast but without cargo.
Also called light load line.
Origin of light line
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Atlantic spotted dolphins have a spinal blaze and a light line which extends from the flipper to the eye.

  • I could not trust that light line at the speed he swam, so I ran to release the strain.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Dacres' first act upon getting on board was to haul in the light line, to which was attached a stout grass rope.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • From this point is drawn a light line, HJ, toward the center of the arc.

  • A good way to do would be to draw a light line or place two dashes, to indicate the height.

  • He threw a light line to the two figures and pushed himself lightly toward them.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Rule with pencil a light line across each piece at two and five-eighths inches from the straight end.

  • Several attempts were made to hurl a stone, fastened to the end of a light line, within his reach.

    Under Drake's Flag G. A. Henty
  • Make a dot, and rule a light line which will be one inch from the cut edge.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The light line's ships have made it in forty-three days, and we've got to do it in forty-two or less.

    The Star Lord Boyd Ellanby

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