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

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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 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 — (also plimsole) ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a light rubber soled canvas sports shoe. ORIGIN probably from the resemblance of the side of the sole to a PLIMSOLL LINE(Cf. ↑Plimsoll line) …   English terms dictionary

  • Plimsoll — Der Name Plimsoll bezeichnet den australischen Diplomaten James Plimsoll (1917–1987) den englischen Abgeordneten Samuel Plimsoll (1824–1898) die nach Samuel Plimsoll benannte Freibordmarke für den maximal zulässigen Tiefgang an Schiffen, und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Plimsoll — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Plimsoll peut désigner : Samuel Plimsoll (1824 1898), homme politique britannique qui a donné son nom à la ligne de Plimsoll (ou ligne internationale …   Wikipédia en Français

  • plimsoll — [20] The British politician and social reformer Samuel Plimsoll (1824–98) was one of the leading instigators of the Merchant Shipping Act 1876. Amongst its provisions was that a line should be painted round the hulls of ships to indicate a safe… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • plimsoll — [20] The British politician and social reformer Samuel Plimsoll (1824–98) was one of the leading instigators of the Merchant Shipping Act 1876. Amongst its provisions was that a line should be painted round the hulls of ships to indicate a safe… …   Word origins

  • plimsoll — noun A rubber soled lace up canvas shoe for sports or onboard ships; a precursor of trainers. Syn: daps, pumps See Also: Plimsoll line, Plimsoll mark …   Wiktionary

  • plimsoll — UK [ˈplɪmsəl] / US noun [countable] Word forms plimsoll : singular plimsoll plural plimsolls British old fashioned a light shoe made from strong cotton on the top and rubber on the bottom, used for playing games and sports …   English dictionary

  • plimsoll — /plim seuhl, sohl/, n. Brit. a canvas shoe with a rubber sole; gym shoe; sneaker. Also, plimsol, plimsole. [1905 10; perh. so called from fancied resemblance of the sole to a Plimsoll mark] * * * …   Universalium

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