Chiefly British A rubber-soled cloth shoe; a sneaker. (noun)
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Use "plimsoll" in a sentence
"In the same way that the plimsoll line reflected the point at which a boat could sit comfortably in the water without effectively flooding, the line on the plimsoll illustrated the point at which the canvas would get wet if the foot was immersed."
"Instead, let's run through the fashion highlights, which go something like this: During the 1800s, plimsolls were developed by the Liverpool Rubber company in the form of canvas shoes with a rubber sole and a line resembling the plimsoll line on a boat."
"They seek to heap more and more on a ship that is already dangerously below the plimsoll."