load line

noun

: the line on a ship indicating the depth to which it sinks in the water when properly loaded see plimsoll mark illustration

Examples of load line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two workers, 39 and 40, in Palm Beach County were using a crane to install concrete wall panels when the crane’s load line made contact with energized overhead power lines. Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of load line was circa 1859

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“Load line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/load%20line. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

load line

noun
: a line on a ship showing the depth to which it sinks in the water when properly loaded
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