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lead line

 (lĕd)
[From the use of lead weights for making soundings.]
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lead line

n
(Nautical Terms) nautical a length of line for swinging a lead, marked at various points to indicate multiples of fathoms
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lead′ line`

(lɛd)
n.
a line by which a lead is lowered into the water to take soundings.
[1475–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lead 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
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WIN The Longest Day special edition DVD, starring John Wayne, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan and a youthful Sean Connery.
Faust's 'pendular atheism' is delineated persuasively by Matthew Bell, who, in a more loosely argued manner than Stephenson, relates this phenomenon to the ideas of British thinkers, including Robert Burton, Henry More, John Locke, and David Hume.
In this case, seven of the twelve substantive chapters (those by Ron May, David Kavanamur, John Burton, Henry Ivarature, Sinclair Dinnen, Orovu Sepoe, and Rosaleen Smyth) are concerned with various aspects of 'governance in Papua New Guinea, two others (by Tarcissius Kubutaulaka and Gordon Nanau) deal with the Solomon Islands, and two more (by Cluny and La'avasa Macpherson and by Asafou So'o) with (Western) Samoa, while Barrie Macdonald's chapter features a case study of Kiribati.