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 (plĭm′səl, -sôl′) also plim·sol or plim·sole (-sōl′)
n. Chiefly British
A rubber-soled cloth shoe; a sneaker.

[Probably from the resemblance of its mudguard to a Plimsoll mark.]


(ˈplɪmsəl) or


(Clothing & Fashion) Brit a light rubber-soled canvas shoe worn for various sports. Also called: gym shoe or sandshoe
[C20: so called because of the resemblance of the rubber sole to a Plimsoll line]


or plim•sol or plim•sole

(ˈplɪm səl, -soʊl)

n. Brit.
a canvas shoe with a rubber sole; gym shoe.
[1905–10; perhaps so called from fancied resemblance of the sole to a Plimsoll mark]


ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Plimsoll - waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded
water line, waterline, water level - 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.plimsoll - a light gym shoe with a rubber sole and a canvas top
gym shoe, sneaker, tennis shoe - a canvas shoe with a pliable rubber sole
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom


A. N (Brit) → zapatilla f de tenis, playera f
B. CPD Plimsoll line, Plimsoll mark N (Naut) → línea f de máxima carga


[ˈplɪmsəl] n (Brit) → scarpa da tennis
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