Plimsoll's mark
Plimsoll's mark Plim"soll's mark` (Naut.) A mark conspicuously painted on the port side of all British sea-going merchant vessels, to indicate the limit of submergence allowed by law; -- so called from Samuel Plimsoll, by whose efforts the act of Parliament to prevent overloading was procured. [1913 Webster]

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  • 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 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 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

  • 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, Samuel — born Feb. 10, 1824, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng. died June 3, 1898, Folkestone, Kent British reformer. A London coal merchant, he served in Parliament (1868–80). With his book Our Seamen (1873), he helped overcome resistance to the Merchant… …   Universalium

  • Plimsoll line — n. (also Plimsoll mark) a marking on a ship s side showing the limit of legal submersion under various conditions. Etymology: S. Plimsoll, Engl. politician d. 1898, promoter of the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876 * * * ˈPlimsoll line 7 [Plimsoll… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Plimsoll line — (also Plimsoll mark) noun a marking on a ship s side showing the limit of legal submersion when loaded with cargo under various sea conditions. Origin named after the English politician Samuel Plimsoll, responsible for the Merchant Shipping Act… …   English new terms dictionary

  • plimsoll — noun Etymology: probably from the supposed resemblance of the upper edge of the shoe s mudguard to the Plimsoll mark on a ship Date: 1907 British sneaker 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • plimsoll — plim•soll or plim•sol or plim•sole [[t]ˈplɪm səl, soʊl[/t]] n. brit. clo a canvas shoe with a rubber sole; gym shoe • Etymology: 1905–10; perh. so called from fancied resemblance of the sole to a Plimsoll mark …   From formal English to slang

  • Samuel Plimsoll — (10 February 1824 ndash; 3 June 1898) was a British politician and social reformer, now best remembered for having devised the Plimsoll line.Early lifePlimsoll was born in Bristol but soon moved to Whitely Wood Hall Sheffield, also spending part… …   Wikipedia

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