1. Noun. Waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded.

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### Literary usage of Load line

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1866)
"Displacement, 5050 tona; 900 horse power: mean draught, 25^ feet; length of load line, 255 feet ; breadth, 66 feet: wooden hall; 4X inch armor plating; ..."

2. The Theory and Practice of Modern Framed Structures, Designed for the Use of by John Butler Johnson, Charles Walter Bryan, Frederick Eugene Turneaure, William Spaulding Kinne (1910)
"Load-Line and Moment Diagram.—While these two diagrams are separate and distinct ... Under the wheels the load-line consists of a series of steps each step ..."

3. Cassier's Magazine edited by [Anonymus AC02877163] (1900)
"Length in feet on mean load line from forward edge of rabbet of stem to after edge of forward sternpost Extreme breadth in feet on mean load line Distance ..."

4. American Marine: The Shipping Question in History and Politics by William Wallace Bates (1892)
"THE LOAD-LINE QUESTION. FOR years past the British government has sought to regulate ... Our own government has not yet considered the load-line question, ..."

5. Mechanics' and Engineers' Pocket-book of Tables, Rules, and Formulas by Charles Haynes Haswell (1920)
"Immersed section at load-line, 11.5 sq.feet. Displacement. 75 tons. .S/>ar*.—Mast, deck to hounds, 42 feet Roam, 58 feet. (Inf. 30 feet. ..."

6. A Text Book on Graphic Statics by Charles Wesley Malcolm (1909)
"Each step in the load line represents to scale the load directly under it. The portion of the diagram above the uniform load is a straight line having a ..."

7. A Text Book on Graphic Statics by Charles Wesley Malcolm (1909)
"Each step in the load line represents to scale the load directly under it. The portion of the diagram above the uniform load is a straight line having a ..."