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From Samuel Plimsoll, Bristol merchant and member of Parliament, promoter of the Merchant Shipping Act.
- (nautical) properly the International Load Line, a mark on the hull of a merchant ship to show the waterline under specified conditions. The line shows the maximum capacity load the ship may carry.
mark on the hull of a ship — see Plimsoll line
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