lead line


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lead line

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

lead line

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

lead′ line`

(lɛd)
n.
a line by which a lead is lowered into the water to take soundings.
[1475–85]
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
References in classic literature ?
Captain Davenport held the lead line and watched it sag off to the northeast.
A lead line is long rope with a heavy lead weight attached to one end.