Sounding line
Sounding Sound"ing, n. 1. The act of one who, or that which, sounds (in any of the senses of the several verbs). [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) [From {Sound} to fathom.] (a) measurement by sounding; also, the depth so ascertained. (b) Any place or part of the ocean, or other water, where a sounding line will reach the bottom; -- usually in the plural. (c) The sand, shells, or the like, that are brought up by the sounding lead when it has touched bottom. [1913 Webster]

{Sounding lead}, the plummet at the end of a sounding line.

{Sounding line}, a line having a plummet at the end, used in making soundings.

{Sounding post} (Mus.), a small post in a violin, violoncello, or similar instrument, set under the bridge as a support, for propagating the sounds to the body of the instrument; -- called also {sound post}.

{Sounding rod} (Naut.), a rod used to ascertain the depth of water in a ship's hold.

{In soundings}, within the eighty-fathom line. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sounding line — a line weighted with a lead or plummet (sounding lead) and bearing marks to show the length paid out, used for sounding, as at sea. [1300 50; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • sounding line — /ˈsaʊndɪŋ laɪn/ (say sownding luyn) noun a line weighted with a lead or plummet (sounding lead) and bearing marks to show the length paid out, used for sounding, as at sea …   Australian English dictionary

  • sounding line — noun (nautical) plumb line for determining depth • Syn: ↑lead line • Topics: ↑seafaring, ↑navigation, ↑sailing • Hypernyms: ↑plumb line, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • sounding line — noun Date: 14th century a line or wire weighted at one end for sounding …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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