noun, often attributive \ˈlīn\

: a long narrow mark on a surface

: a mark on the ground that shows the edge of the playing area in a sport

: an area or border that separates two places

Full Definition of LINE

a :  a length of cord or cord-like material: as (1) :  a comparatively strong slender cord (2) :  clothesline (3) :  a rope used on shipboard
b (1) :  a device for catching fish consisting of a cord with hooks and other fishing gear
(2) :  scope for activity :  rope
c :  a length of material used in measuring and leveling
d (1) :  piping for conveying a fluid (as steam)
(2) :  a narrow short synthetic tube that is inserted approximately one inch into a vein (as of the arm) to provide temporary intravenous access for the administration of fluid, medication, or nutrients
e (1) :  a wire or pair of wires connecting one telegraph or telephone station with another or a whole system of such wires; also :  any circuit in an electronic communication system
(2) :  a telephone connection <tried to get a line>; also :  an individual telephone extension <a call on line 2> (3) :  the principal circuits of an electric power system
a (1) :  a horizontal row of written or printed characters; also :  a blank row in lieu of such characters (2) :  a unit in the rhythmic structure of verse formed by the grouping of a number of the smallest units of the rhythm (as metrical feet) (3) :  a distinct segment of a computer program containing a single command or a small number of commands
b :  a short letter :  note
c plural :  a certificate of marriage
d :  the words making up a part in a drama —usually used in plural
e :  any of the successive horizontal rows of picture elements on the screen of a cathode-ray tube (as a television screen)
a :  something (as a ridge or seam) that is distinct, elongated, and narrow
b :  a narrow crease (as on the face) :  wrinkle
c :  the course or direction of something in motion :  route
d (1) :  a state of agreement or conformity :  accordance
(2) :  a state of order, control, or obedience <wouldn't let them get out of line>
e (1) :  a boundary of an area <the state line>
(2) :  distinction 2 <the fine line between love and hate>
f :  the track and roadbed of a railway
g :  an amount of cocaine that is arranged in a line to be inhaled through the nose
a :  a course of conduct, action, or thought; especially :  an official or public position <the party line>
b :  a field of activity or interest
c :  a glib often persuasive way of talking
a :  limit, restraint
b archaic :  position in life :  lot
a (1) :  family, lineage (2) :  a strain produced and maintained especially by selective breeding or biological culture (3) :  a chronological series
b :  dispositions made to cover extended military positions and presenting a front to the enemy —usually used in plural
c :  a military formation in which the different elements are abreast of each other
d :  naval ships arranged in a regular order
e (1) :  the combatant forces of an army distinguished from the staff corps and supply services
(2) :  the force of a regular navy
f (1) :  officers of the navy eligible for command at sea distinguished from officers of the staff
(2) :  officers of the army belonging to a combatant branch
g :  an arrangement or placement of persons or objects of one kind in an orderly series <a line of trees> <stand on line> <waiting in line>; also :  the persons or objects so positioned <the line moved slowly at the bank>
h (1) :  a group of public conveyances plying regularly under one management over a route
(2) :  a system of transportation together with its equipment, routes, and appurtenances; also :  the company owning or operating it
i :  a succession of musical notes especially considered in melodic phrases
j (1) :  an arrangement of operations in manufacturing permitting sequential occurrence on various stages of production
(2) :  the personnel of an organization that are responsible for its stated objective
k (1) :  the seven players including center, two guards, two tackles, and two ends who in offensive football play line up on or within one foot of the line of scrimmage
(2) :  the players who in defensive play line up within one yard of the line of scrimmage
l :  a group of three players including a left winger, center, and right winger who play together as a unit in hockey
:  a narrow elongated mark drawn or projected: as
a (1) :  a circle of latitude or longitude on a map
(2) :  equator
b :  a mark (as on a map) recording a boundary, division, or contour
c :  any of the horizontal parallel strokes on a music staff on or between which notes are placed — compare space
d :  a mark (as by pencil) that forms part of the formal design of a picture distinguished from the shading or color
e :  a division on a bridge score dividing the score for bonuses from that for tricks
f (1) :  a demarcation of a limit with reference to which the playing of some game or sport is regulated —usually used in combination
(2) :  a marked or imaginary line across a playing area (as a football field) parallel to the end line (3) :  line of scrimmage
:  a straight or curved geometric element that is generated by a moving point and that has extension only along the path of the point :  curve
a :  a defining outline :  contour
b :  a general plan :  model —usually used in plural
a chiefly British :  pica —used to indicate the size of large type
b :  the unit of fineness of halftones expressed as the number of screen lines to the linear inch
:  merchandise or services of the same general class for sale or regularly available
a :  a source of information :  insight
b :  betting odds offered by a bookmaker especially on a sporting event
:  a complete game of 10 frames in bowling —called also string
liny also lin·ey \ˈlī-nē\ adjective
between the lines
:  by implication :  in an indirect way
:  by way of inference
down the line
:  all the way :  fully
:  in the future
in line for
:  due or in a position to receive
on line
:  in or into operation
on the line
:  at great risk <puts his future on the line by backing that policy>
:  on the border between two categories

Examples of LINE

  1. I drew a straight line down the page to separate the two lists.
  2. Cut the paper along the dotted line.
  3. a tennis serve that was over the line
  4. After three hours on the road, they finally crossed the state line.
  5. Their yards were separated by a line of trees.
  6. Everybody had to get in line and wait their turn.
  7. The people were waiting in line.

Origin of LINE

Middle English; partly from Anglo-French lingne, from Latin linea, from feminine of lineus made of flax, from linum flax; partly from Old English līne; akin to Old English līn flax — more at linen
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of LINE

transitive verb
:  to mark or cover with a line or lines <lined paper>
:  to depict with lines :  draw
:  to place or form a line along <pedestrians line the walks>
:  to form into a line or lines :  align <line up troops>
:  to hit (as a baseball) hard and in a usually straight line
intransitive verb
:  to hit a line drive in baseball
:  to come into the correct relative position :  align

First Known Use of LINE




Definition of LINE

transitive verb
:  to cover the inner surface of <line a cloak with silk>
:  to put something in the inside of :  fill
:  to serve as the lining of <tapestries lined the walls>
obsolete :  fortify
line one's pockets
:  to take money freely and especially dishonestly

Origin of LINE

Middle English, from line flax, from Old English līn
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈlīn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LINE

:  something (as a ridge, seam, mark, or streak) that is distinct, elongated, and narrow—see linea
:  a strain produced and maintained especially by selective breeding or biological culture
:  a narrow short synthetic tube (as of plastic) that is inserted approximately one inch into a vein (as of the arm) to provide temporary intravenous access for the administration of fluid, medication, or nutrients
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