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A weighted line with distances marked off at regular intervals, used to measure the depth of water under a boat.
- ‘Eventually the Scientifics were able to predict, with a fair degree of accuracy, the nature of the bottom sediment merely by observing the depth at which the sounding line stopped paying out.’
- ‘They had to be content with their sounding lines of piano wire.’
- ‘Two years later, on the other side of the world, their sounding lines revealed a chasm in the western Pacific more than five miles deep.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.