plimsoll's mark

Plimsoll\'s mark

Plim"soll's mark`\ (Naut.) A mark conspicuously painted on the port side of all British sea-going merchant vessels, to indicate the limit of submergence allowed by law; -- so called from Samuel Plimsoll, by whose efforts the act of Parliament to prevent overloading was procured.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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