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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. (nautical) plumb line for determining depth;
[syn: lead line, sounding line]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sounding line n 1: (nautical) plumb line for determining depth [syn: lead line, sounding line]