Definition of waterline in English:

waterline

Line breaks: water|line
Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːtəlʌɪn
 
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noun

1The level normally reached by the water on the side of a ship.
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  • Once in their midst, passengers standing one deck above the waterline looked directly down as the dolphins played in the bow wave, while a few yards away others rolled on their sides and even breached.
1.1The level reached by the sea or a river visible as a line on a rock face, beach, or riverbank: he was coming back along the waterline with the dog trotting at his heels
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  • After checking another cage Greg pointed with his paddle to a dry waterline eight feet up one of the stumps.
  • We start in the library, the waterline there only a couple of feet high in a city where some houses were up their eaves in water.
  • The river, still carrying debris from recent rains, has dropped eight feet; I can see the old waterline on the trees.
1.2Any of various structural lines of a ship, parallel with the surface of the water, representing the contour of the hull at various heights above the keel.
2A linear watermark in paper.

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