Plimsoll

Plimsoll "mark on the hull of a British ship showing how deeply she may be loaded," 1881, from Samuel Plimsoll (1824-98), M.P. for Derby and advocate of shipping reform (which were embodied in the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876). Sense extended 1907 to "rubber-soled canvas shoe" (equivalent of Amer.Eng. sneakers) because the band around the shoes that holds the two parts together reminded people of a ship's Plimsoll line; sense perhaps reinforced by sound assoc. with sole.

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  • plimsoll — (also plimsole) ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a light rubber soled canvas sports shoe. ORIGIN probably from the resemblance of the side of the sole to a PLIMSOLL LINE(Cf. ↑Plimsoll line) …   English terms dictionary

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  • plimsoll — [20] The British politician and social reformer Samuel Plimsoll (1824–98) was one of the leading instigators of the Merchant Shipping Act 1876. Amongst its provisions was that a line should be painted round the hulls of ships to indicate a safe… …   Word origins

  • plimsoll — noun A rubber soled lace up canvas shoe for sports or onboard ships; a precursor of trainers. Syn: daps, pumps See Also: Plimsoll line, Plimsoll mark …   Wiktionary

  • plimsoll — UK [ˈplɪmsəl] / US noun [countable] Word forms plimsoll : singular plimsoll plural plimsolls British old fashioned a light shoe made from strong cotton on the top and rubber on the bottom, used for playing games and sports …   English dictionary

  • plimsoll — noun Etymology: probably from the supposed resemblance of the upper edge of the shoe s mudguard to the Plimsoll mark on a ship Date: 1907 British sneaker 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • plimsoll — /plim seuhl, sohl/, n. Brit. a canvas shoe with a rubber sole; gym shoe; sneaker. Also, plimsol, plimsole. [1905 10; perh. so called from fancied resemblance of the sole to a Plimsoll mark] * * * …   Universalium

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