Share this entry

Share this page

waterline

Line breaks: water|line
Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːtəlʌɪn
 
/

Definition of waterline in English:

noun

1The level normally reached by the water on the side of a ship.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with waterline

landminecarmine

Definition of waterline in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure