sounding line


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sounding line

n.
A line marked at intervals of fathoms and weighted at one end, used to determine the depth of water. Also called lead line.

sounding line

n
(Navigation) a line marked off to indicate its length and having a sounding lead at one end. It is dropped over the side of a vessel to determine the depth of the water

sound′ing line`


n.
a line weighted with a lead or plummet and bearing marks to show the length paid out, used for sounding, as at sea.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sounding line - (nautical) plumb line for determining depth
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
plumb line, perpendicular - a cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravity; used to determine the vertical from a given point
sounding lead - a metal bob at the end of a sounding line
References in classic literature ?
Then they seemed so familiar with French names and French authors: but my amazement reached its climax when Miss Temple asked Helen if she sometimes snatched a moment to recall the Latin her father had taught her, and taking a book from a shelf, bade her read and construe a page of Virgil; and Helen obeyed, my organ of veneration expanding at every sounding line.
Long sounding lines were sunk in the side walls, but after fifteen yards they were again stopped by the thick wall.
Today's sophisticated depthsounders offer far more information than any sounding line, but for the best results you must know how to adjust your machine and how to interpret the information it gives you.