waterline

noun
wa·ter·line | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlīn, ˈwä-\

Definition of waterline 

: a line that marks the level of the surface of water on something: such as

a(1) : the point on the hull of a ship or boat to which the water rises

(2) : a line marked on the outside of a ship that corresponds with the water's surface when the ship is afloat on an even keel under specified conditions of loading

b : shoreline sense 1

Examples of waterline in a Sentence

We repaired the hull below the waterline.

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Seeing one of these black-and-white beasts—as heavy as 11 tons and 32 feet along—from the waterline was the primary goal of my fellow kayakers, five young outdoor enthusiasts. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "An Unmissable Outdoor Adventure in Canada’s Gulf Islands," 21 June 2018 Thankfully, the makeup gods have finally heard our prayers, because Kat Von D is now releasing something that solves that problem: Kat Von D Beauty Lash Liner, a budgeproof liquid formula for your waterline. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kat Von D Is Launching Liquid Lash Liner," 20 Feb. 2018 Beside a spit of land jutting into a swampy enclosure, a female crocodile breaks the waterline, the bony ridges on her back jagged like an electrocardiogram. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "On Saving the Cuban Crocodile from American Invasion," 22 June 2018 The waterline is where the Meibomian glands are located. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "9 Makeup Tips for People Whose Eyes Water All the Time," 20 June 2018 The ship, currently docked at Pier V in the Inner Harbor, needs new coatings along its waterline — where the air and water meet on the ship’s hull — to guard against deterioration. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Historic Ships in Baltimore seeks to raise $152,000 to repair USCGC Taney," 26 May 2018 Beside a spit of land jutting into a swampy enclosure, a female crocodile breaks the waterline, the bony ridges on her back jagged like an electrocardiogram. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "On Saving the Cuban Crocodile from American Invasion," 22 June 2018 Beside a spit of land jutting into a swampy enclosure, a female crocodile breaks the waterline, the bony ridges on her back jagged like an electrocardiogram. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "On Saving the Cuban Crocodile from American Invasion," 22 June 2018 Beside a spit of land jutting into a swampy enclosure, a female crocodile breaks the waterline, the bony ridges on her back jagged like an electrocardiogram. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of waterline

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

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waterline

noun

English Language Learners Definition of waterline

the waterline : the level that water reaches on the side of a ship

: a horizontal mark on a wall or other surface that was made by water during a flood and that shows how high the water was

waterline

noun
wa·ter·line | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlīn, ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of waterline

: any of several lines marked on the outside of a ship that match the surface of the water when the ship floats evenly

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