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 plating was used extensively on the starboard side of the hull, where Ingstad sustained huge, twenty meter long gash just above the waterline. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Norway’s Ruined Frigate Is Afloat Again and It Doesn't Look Good," 15 Apr. 2019 Line the waterline with Urban Decay 24/y Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nathalie Emmanuel and Maisie Williams Both Wore the Urban Decay Game of Thrones Collab," 4 Apr. 2019 Fitzgerald suffered a huge gash on the starboard side, underneath the bridge and the SPY-1 radar system, as well as large hole in the hull underneath the waterline. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Stricken Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Leaves Drydock," 18 Apr. 2019 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

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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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