blue line


: either of two blue lines that divide an ice hockey rink into three equal zones and that separate the offensive and defensive zones from the center-ice neutral zone

Examples of blue line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On average, the whole journey take no more than three hours, during which time the craft reaches an altitude of about 20 miles – which is still plenty high enough for the thin blue line of Earth's atmosphere to be visible. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2024 The deal was made and Thrun figures to be a staple on the Sharks’ blue line for years to come. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 But Take Note Rather than having a level indicator on the base, there is just a blue line on the seat itself to tell when the seat is level, which didn’t really please our tester. Jessica Booth, Parents, 14 Feb. 2024 The thin blue line flag became most visible in 2020 as a reaction to defund the police movements that swept the country in the wake of the police custody death of George Floyd. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 1 Apr. 2024 An aggressive pinch near the offensive blue line by Makar led to a 2-on-1 for New Jersey and the lead. Corey Masisak, The Denver Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Once in space, Rosano gazed upon mountain rages, white sands and the thin blue line of Earth’s atmosphere. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 Connor Dewar stole a puck at the Islanders’ blue line early in the second period and scored to the near side on Ilya Sorokin for a 2-0 lead, and Joel Eriksson Ek scored a power-play goal at the end of the second period and short-handed goal late in the third to make it 4-0. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 15 Jan. 2024 The Twin Cities native scooped up a loose puck near the Wild blue line and fired a wrist shot that beat Gustavsson under his right arm. Patrick Donnelly, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blue line was in 1925

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“Blue line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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