fishing line


Definition of fishing line

: a long line or cord attached to a hook and used for fishing also : the type of line designed for this purpose a length of fishing line used specifically for a strong, usually monofilament cord made from a polymer (such as nylon or Dacron) … is held firm in the pot by plaster of paris and covered with sphagnum moss bound with clear fishing line. — Patricia Leigh BrownJust about any string, cord or thread will do for a kite line, but because the best line supplied adequate strength with minimal wind resistance and weight, a thin, strong line is clearly better than a thick, weak one. Monofilament fishing line has both qualities, but many kiters shun it for the same reason fishermen curse it: it gets hopelessly tangled up in itself. — Robert Kimber

First Known Use of fishing line

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Fishing line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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