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 Brown
Just 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

Examples of fishing line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The right box will be large enough to carry all of your fishing supplies—lures, pliers, hooks, sinkers, extra fishing line, jigs, and baits—without being overly bulky. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024 Tie fishing line to the hooks and suspend the reflectors from a metal ring at varying heights. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Dec. 2023 Over the decades, Florida’s reefs have been hammered by humans with everything from pollution and dredging sediments to boat anchors, fishing lines and diver fins. Alie Skowronski, Sun Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2024 String the Bow Native Americans traditionally used rawhide or sinew for the bowstring, but nylon parachute cord or fishing line can work for a survival bow fashioned in the field. Keith McCafferty, Field & Stream, 29 June 2023 Larger clematis planted in the ground can create a lacy screen by climbing on wire, fishing line or slender lattice. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 Hang ornaments at differing heights with fishing line to create a floating effect. Claire Hoppe, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Dec. 2023 To string the beads together, use a large upholstery needle and fishing line, and thread the fishing line through the center. Claire Hoppe, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Dec. 2023 Over the years, the layers of monofilament fishing line have accumulated. Bobby Caina Calvan, Fortune, 2 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fishing line was in the 15th century

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“Fishing line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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