wa·​ter·​line | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlīn How to pronounce waterline (audio) , 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

Examples of waterline in a Sentence

We repaired the hull below the waterline.

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The makeup artist finished off the eyes with a touch of Yeyo eyeliner in her waterline, along with a few generous coats of the brand's Perversion Mascara. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Maisie Williams Wore a Full Face of Urban Decay’s Game of Thrones Makeup Collection to the Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 The blast ripped a 40-foot hole in the hull at the waterline. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Militant Killed in U.S. Airstrike Was Wanted for USS Cole Bombing," 4 Jan. 2019 Her lower waterline was accented with eye-enlarging white liner, and her bottom lashes were enhanced with individual clusters of false lashes. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kristen Stewart Chopped Off Her Hair and Bleached It Blonde Again," 16 Sep. 2018 Laramie also recommends keeping your waterline clear or lining with a nude pencil. Simedar Jackson, Marie Claire, "How Changing Your Eye Shadow Can Completely Change Your Face," 27 May 2015 The serrated slopes appear to crumble all the way down to the waterline. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Awe-Inspiring Canadian Rockies Camping Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 Pictures showed both radar panels just above the waterline. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Wrecked Norwegian Frigate Is Pretty Much Toast," 13 Nov. 2018 The state of Michigan settled a lawsuit last year agreeing to spend $87 million to rip up and replace miles of waterlines leading to at least 18,000 Flint homes by Jan. 1, 2020. NBC News, "Lead crisis: Flint braces as Michigan shuts down free bottled water sites," 9 Apr. 2018 For Haddish's eyes, Wynn used a waterproof black kohl eyeliner in the waterline and along the top lashes, which were enhanced with two pairs of Ardell Double Up Wispies false eyelashes. Marci Robin, Allure, "Exclusive: These Are the Exact Makeup Products Tiffany Haddish Wore to the 2018 Emmy Awards," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of waterline

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of waterline

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


wa·​ter·​line | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlīn How to pronounce waterline (audio) , 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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