load line definition

  • noun:
    • Identify Plimsoll level.
    • the range externally of a vessel indicating the level to which it sinks within the liquid whenever filled.
    • Nautical, a line drawn privately of a vessel to demonstrate the level that the right or allowable load will cause her to sink within the water. Among English seamen referred to as Plimsoll's mark. See level.
    • waterlines to exhibit the particular level water should achieve as soon as the ship is precisely loaded

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