Definitions for water line

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wa′ter line`(n.)

or wa′ter•line`

  1. the part of the outside of a ship's hull that is just at the water level.

    Category: Nautical

  2. any of a series of lines on the hull plans of a vessel representing the level to which it is immersed or the bottom of the keel.

    Category: Nautical

  3. the line in which water at its surface borders upon a floating body.

    Category: Nautical

  4. Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: water level (def. 2). 2

  5. Category: Nautical

    Ref: Also called watermark.

Origin of water line:

1615–25

Princeton's WordNet

  1. waterline, water line, water level(noun)

    a line corresponding to the surface of the water when the vessel is afloat on an even keel; often painted on the hull of a ship

  2. water line, watermark(noun)

    a line marking the level reached by a body of water

Wiktionary

  1. water line(Noun)

    the outline of a horizontal section of a vessel, as when floating in the water.

  2. water line(Noun)

    Any one of certain lines of a vessel, model, or plan, parallel with the surface of the water at various heights from the keel. In a half-breadth plan, the water lines are outward curves showing the horizontal form of the ship at their several heights; in a sheer plan, they are projected as straight horizontal lines.

  3. water line(Noun)

    Any one of several lines marked upon the outside of a vessel, corresponding with the surface of the water when she is afloat on an even keel. The lowest line indicates the vessel's proper submergence when not loaded, and is called the light water line; the highest, called the load water line, indicates her proper submergence when loaded.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Water line

    any one of certain lines of a vessel, model, or plan, parallel with the surface of the water at various heights from the keel

  2. Water line

    any one of several lines marked upon the outside of a vessel, corresponding with the surface of the water when she is afloat on an even keel. The lowest line indicates the vessel's proper submergence when not loaded, and is called the light water line; the highest, called the load water line, indicates her proper submergence when loaded

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