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Plimsoll line

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˈplɪm.sɒlˌlaɪn/ us    /ˈplɪm.sɑːlˌlaɪn/ (also Plimsoll mark)
a line painted on the outside of a ship that shows how deep it is legally allowed to go down into the water when it is full
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