Definition of Plimsoll line noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Plimsoll line

BrE BrE//ˈplɪmsəl laɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplɪmsəl laɪn//
(also load line) Parts of boats and ships
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a line on the side of a ship showing the highest point that the water can safely reach when the ship is loaded See related entries: Parts of boats and ships Word Originnamed after Samuel Plimsoll (1824–98), the English politician whose agitation in the 1870s resulted in the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876, ending the practice of sending to sea overloaded and heavily insured old ships, from which the owners profited if they sank.
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