waterline

noun wa·ter·line \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlīn , ˈwä- \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

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 1

Examples of waterline in a Sentence

  1. We repaired the hull below the waterline.

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First Known Use of waterline

circa 1625



WATERLINE Defined for English Language Learners

waterline

noun

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

waterline

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

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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