water level

the surface level of any body of water.
the level to which a vessel is immersed; water line.


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water level
1.  the level reached by the surface of a body of water
2.  the water line of a boat or ship

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Example sentences
Wave breaking causes an increase in water level over the bars relative to the
  channel level.
The hole is the limiting factor and represents the bottleneck, whereas the
  water level represents the queue length.
What's more, when the water level changes it unleashes a miasma of disease from
  exposed sewage.
He compared it to a pond where water comes in and out, but the overall water
  level must remain constant.
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