Definition of handline in US English:

handline

noun

  • 1Chiefly Fishing. A line used or pulled by hand for some purpose; especially a fishing line used without a rod, typically attached to the side of a vessel.

  • 2Nautical. Now chiefly in form hand line. A line attached to a hand lead, marked at regular intervals up to 20 fathoms, used for taking soundings in shallow water. Now chiefly historical.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Foreign Accounts 8 Henry V. From hand + line.

Pronunciation

handline

/ˈhan(d)lʌɪn/