Leadsman meaning

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The person using the lead line in taking soundings.
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A man who uses a lead line to take soundings.
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(obsolete) Lodesman (a leader or guide)
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(nautical) A sailor who takes soundings with a lead, measuring the depth of water.
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Origin of leadsman

  • From the Middle English ledes-man (“a military commander", “a general"); equivalent to leads (the genitive form of lead: “a leading", “a directing", “a guiding") + man.
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  • leads (the genitive form of lead: “heavy base metal" = the Latin plumbum) + man
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