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Topic: WATER

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Samuel Plimsoll (1824-98), British politician

Plimsoll line

noun
     
Plimsoll line also Plimsoll mark [countable] British English
TTW a line painted on the outside of a ship, showing how low in the water it can safely be when it is loaded
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