Current Line

Science / Tides and Currents / Current Line: A graduated line attached to a current pole formerly used in measuring the velocity of the current. The line was marked in such a manner that the speed of the current, expressed in knots and tenths, was indicated directly by the length of line carried out by the current pole in a specified interval of time. When marked for a 60-second run, the principal divisions for whole knots were spaced at 101.33 feet and the subdivisions for tenths of knots were spaced at 10.13 feet. The current line was also known as a log line.

Other Words for Current

Current Noun Synonyms: course, progress, tendency, tenor, drift, trend, inclination, mainstream
Current Adjective Synonyms: contemporary, ongoing, present, contemporaneous, simultaneous, coeval
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Other Words for Line

Line Verb Synonyms: interline, cover, face, ceil
Line Noun Synonyms: wrinkle, crease, crinkle, furrow, crow's-foot
Line Adjective Synonyms: mark, pencil-mark, pen-mark, rule, score, stroke, underline, underscore, diagonal, slash, virgule, shilling-mark, solidus, separatrix, oblique
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Log Line

Science / Tides and Currents / Log Line: A graduated line used to measure the speed of a vessel through the water or to measure the velocity of the current from a vessel at anchor. See current line. MORE

Current Pole

Science / Tides and Currents / Current Pole: A pole used in observing the velocity of the current. The pole formerly used by the Coast and Geodetic Survey was about 3 inches in diameter and 15 feet long, and was weighted at one end to float upri MORE

Stray Line

Science / Tides and Currents / Stray Line: Ungraduated portion of line connected with the current pole formerly used in taking current observations. The stray line was usually about 100 feet long and permitted the pole to acquire the velocity MORE

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