Plimsoll mark

Plimsoll mark
noun Etymology: Samuel Plimsoll died 1898 English shipping reformer Date: 1884 a load line or a set of load-line markings on an oceangoing cargo ship — called also Plimsoll line

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  • Plimsoll mark — or Plimsoll line [plim′səl, plim′säl΄, plim′sôl΄] n. [after Samuel Plimsoll (1824 98), Eng advocate of legislation against overloading vessels] a line or set of lines on the hull of a merchant ship, showing the depth to which it may legally be… …   English World dictionary

  • Plimsoll mark — noun waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded • Syn: ↑load line, ↑Plimsoll line, ↑Plimsoll • Hypernyms: ↑waterline, ↑water line, ↑water level * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • Plimsoll mark — Naut. See load line mark. Also called Plimsoll. [1880 85; named after Samuel Plimsoll (1824 98), English member of Parliament who brought about its adoption] * * * …   Universalium

  • Plimsoll mark — noun properly the International Load Line, a mark on the hull of a merchant ship to show the waterline under specified conditions. The line shows the maximum capacity load the ship may carry. See Also: Plimsoll line, plimsoll …   Wiktionary

  • Plimsoll mark — Plim′soll mark n. navig. a load line painted on the side of a cargo ship • Etymology: 1880–85; after Samuel Plimsoll (1824–98), English member of Parliament who brought about its adoption …   From formal English to slang

  • Plimsoll mark — Same as Plimsoll line …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • plimsoll mark — Cockney Rhyming Slang Park …   English dialects glossary

  • Plimsoll — is a surname, and may refer to:* James Plimsoll, a governor of Tasmania * John Plimsoll, South African cricketer * Oliver Plimsolls, fictional character in The League of Gentlemen (comedy) * Samuel Plimsoll, British politicianPlimsoll may also… …   Wikipedia

  • Plimsoll line — also Plimsoll mark n BrE [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Samuel Plimsoll (1824 98), British politician] a line painted on the outside of a ship, showing how low in the water it can safely be when it is loaded …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Plimsoll — mark on the hull of a British ship showing how deeply she may be loaded, 1881, from Samuel Plimsoll (1824 98), M.P. for Derby and advocate of shipping reform (which were embodied in the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876). Sense extended 1907 to… …   Etymology dictionary

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