waterline

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The clouds mingle with fog that rolls down to the waterline like white gauze. Michael R. Shea, Outdoor Life, "Kayak Fishing Saved Lance Clinton’s Life," 11 Feb. 2020 The vessels were often burned to the waterline for both disposal and easier access to salvageable parts. Washington Post, "In Mallows Bay, a ‘ghost fleet’ of wrecked ships is very much alive," 20 Sep. 2019 The vessels were often burned to the waterline for both disposal and easier access to salvageable parts. Amy Brecount White, chicagotribune.com, "On the Potomac, a ‘ghost fleet’ of wrecked ships is very much alive," 20 Sep. 2019 The Golden Ray has a draft, or depth from waterline to keel bottom when the ship is fully loaded, of over 31 feet. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Removing a Capsized Cargo Ship: Pretty Hard!," 28 Feb. 2020 Beirut said that currently, there is a utility project going on that includes a waterline and storm sewer work. cleveland, "Bay Village will be paving and building this summer," 11 Feb. 2020 One of the town’s best-known attractions, a Roman citadel, will remain visible above the waterline. Washington Post, "A Turkish dam is about to flood one of the oldest continuously settled places on Earth," 27 Nov. 2019 Shannon’s husband, Tony found a local sawmill to purchase 16 foot long oak boards for fencing Dan ran waterlines and then worked inside the building that had once been a workshop but is fast becoming a barn. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Szymanski: Can’t put a price on working together on common goals, helping make dreams come true," 19 Oct. 2019 All of the holes should be well below the waterline. Scientific American, "Holes That Do Not Leak!," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of waterline

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Waterline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterline. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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waterline

noun
How to pronounce waterline (audio)

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

waterline

noun
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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