Definition of waterline
: a line that marks the level of the surface of water on something: such asa (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 loadingb : shoreline 1
Examples of waterline in a Sentence
We repaired the hull below the waterline.
Recent Examples of waterline from the Web
On Channel Lake, Frank Szczepaniak, 74, said the mark on his tree from the historic 2013 flood was a few inches higher than the waterline from this year's flood.
In 2014, an amateur art historian who saw an image of the painting emailed officials at the Nelson and the Bosch Research and Conservation Project about the peculiar straight waterline surrounding St. Anthony’s pitcher.
They had been trapped in the forward berthing areas – home to more than 100 sailors – after the bulging, bulbous bow of the container ship, named MV ACX Crystal, gored a 12-foot hole below the Fitzgerald's waterline.
Local broadcaster NHK showed helicopter footage of the container ship with minor damage to its bow, while the Fitzgerald appeared to have significant damage above and below the waterline.
Damage to the ship was substantial, and the collision ripped a hole in the destroyer’s hull beneath the waterline.
Most of the damage is below the waterline, including a large gash near the keel, Aucoin said.
Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet, described the damage and flooding as extensive, including a big puncture under the waterline.
Divers were waiting to inspect it below the waterline, where there had also been significant damage.
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First Known Use of waterline
WATERLINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of waterline for English Language Learners
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 Defined for Kids
Definition of waterline for Students
: 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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