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line

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noun, often attributive \ˈlīn\

Definition of line

  1. 1a :  a length of cord or cord-like material: such as (1) :  a comparatively strong slender cord (2) :  clothesline (3) :  a rope used on shipboardb (1) :  a device for catching fish consisting of a cord with hooks and other fishing gear (2) :  scope for activity :  ropec :  a length of material used in measuring and leveling used a line to level the foundationd (1) :  piping for conveying a fluid (such as steam) installed a new gas line (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 nutrientse (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

  2. 2a (1) :  a horizontal row of written or printed characters the last line on the page; 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 (such as metrical feet) The poem consisted of 14 lines. (3) :  a distinct segment of a computer program containing a single command or a small number of commandsb :  a short letter :  note dropped him a line confirming the datec lines plural :  a certificate of marriaged :  the words making up a part in a performance —usually used in plural memorized his linese :  any of the successive horizontal rows of picture elements on the screen of a cathode-ray tube (such as a television screen)

  3. 3a :  something (such as a ridge or seam) that is distinct, elongated, and narrow growth lines in a tree trunkb :  a narrow crease (as on the face) :  wrinklec :  the course or direction of something in motion :  route the line of flight of a bulletd (1) :  a state of agreement or conformity :  accordance took a firm line with his nephew (2) :  a state of order, control, or obedience wouldn't let them get out of linee (1) :  a boundary of an area the state line (2) :  distinction 2 the fine line between love and hatef :  the track and roadbed of a railwayg :  an amount of cocaine that is arranged in a line to be inhaled through the nose

  4. 4a :  a course of conduct, action, or thought; especially :  an official or public position the party lineb :  a field of activity or interest worked in the plumbing linec :  a glib often persuasive way of talking had a line to make the angels weep

  5. 5a :  limit, restraint overstepped the line of good tasteb archaic :  position in life :  lot

  6. 6a (1) :  family, lineage descended from a noble line (2) :  a strain produced and maintained especially by selective breeding or biological culture (3) :  a chronological seriesb :  orderly arrangements made to cover extended military positions and presenting a front to the enemy —usually used in plural the lines of battlec :  a military formation in which the different elements are abreast of each otherd :  naval ships arranged in a regular ordere (1) :  the combatant forces of an army distinguished from the staff corps and supply services (2) :  the force of a regular navyf (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 branchg :  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 bankh (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 the eastern freight lines; also :  the company owning or operating iti :  a succession of musical notes especially considered in melodic phrasesj (1) :  an arrangement of operations in manufacturing permitting sequential occurrence on various stages of production a production line (2) :  the personnel of an organization that are responsible for its stated objectivek (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 scrimmagel :  a group of three players including a left winger, center, and right winger who play together as a unit in hockey

  7. 7 :  a narrow elongated mark drawn or projected: such asa (1) :  a circle of latitude or longitude on a map (2) :  equatorb :  a mark (as on a map) recording a boundary, division, or contourc :  any of the horizontal parallel strokes on a music staff on or between which notes are placed — compare spaced :  a mark (as by pencil) that forms part of the formal design of a picture distinguished from the shading or colore :  a division on a bridge score dividing the score for bonuses from that for tricksf (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 (such as a football field) parallel to the end line (3) :  line of scrimmage

  8. 8 :  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

  9. 9a :  a defining outline :  contour the rising line of the hillsb :  a general plan :  model —usually used in plural explained the lines of his foreign policy

  10. 10a chiefly British :  pica —used to indicate the size of large typeb :  the unit of fineness of halftones expressed as the number of screen lines to the linear inch

  11. 11 :  merchandise or services of the same general class for sale or regularly available a full line of electrical supplies

  12. 12a :  a source of information :  insightb :  betting odds offered by a bookmaker especially on a sporting event

  13. 13 :  a complete game of 10 frames in bowling —called also string

  14. 14 :  line drive

liny

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liney

play \ˈlī-nē\ adjective

between the lines

  1. 1 :  by implication :  in an indirect way

  2. 2 :  by way of inference

down the line

  1. 1 :  all the way :  fully

  2. 2 :  in the future

in line for

  1. :  due or in a position to receive

on line

  1. :  in or into operation

on the line

  1. 1 :  at great risk puts his future on the line by backing that policy

  2. 2 :  on the border between two categories

Examples of line in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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line

verb

Definition of line

lined

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lining

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mark or cover with a line or lines lined paper

  3. 2 :  to depict with lines :  draw

  4. 3 :  to place or form a line along pedestrians line the walks

  5. 4 :  to form into a line or lines :  align line up troops

  6. 5 :  to hit (something, such as a baseball) hard and in a usually straight line

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to hit a line drive in baseball

  9. 2 :  to come into the correct relative position :  align

Origin and Etymology of line

see 1line


First Known Use: 1530


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line

verb

Definition of line

lined

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lining

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cover the inner surface of line a cloak with silk

  3. 2 :  to put something in the inside of :  fill

  4. 3 :  to serve as the lining of tapestries lined the walls

  5. 4 obsolete :  fortify

line one's pockets

  1. :  to take money freely and especially dishonestly

Origin and Etymology of line

Middle English, from line flax, from Old English līn


First Known Use: 14th century


LINE Defined for English Language Learners

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line

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noun, often attributive \ˈlīn\

Definition of line for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LINE Defined for Kids

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line

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noun \ˈlīn\

Definition of line for Students

  1. 1 :  a long thin cord or rope fishing lines Hang your clothes on the line.

  2. 2 :  a long narrow mark Draw a line on your paper.

  3. 3 :  an arrangement of people or things in a row We waited in line.

  4. 4 :  a row of letters, words, or musical notes across a page or column

  5. 5 :  the boundary or limit of a place the town line

  6. 6 :  family 2 He comes from a long line of farmers.

  7. 7 :  a way of behaving or thinking He took a firm line with his son.

  8. 8 :  1outline 1, contour The sailboat has beautiful lines.

  9. 9 :  an area of activity or interest What line of work are you in?

  10. 10 :  the position of military forces who are facing the enemy

  11. 11 :  a pipe carrying a fluid (as steam, water, or oil)

  12. 12 :  an outdoor wire carrying electricity or a telephone signal

  13. 13 lines plural :  the words of a part in a play

  14. 14 :  the path along which something moves or is directed It's in my line of vision.

  15. 15 :  the track of a railway

  16. 16 :  agreement 1, harmony They tried to bring their ideas into line.

  17. 17 :  a system of transportation a bus line

  18. 18 :  the football players whose positions are along the line of scrimmage

  19. 19 :  a geometric element produced by moving a point

  20. 20 :  a plan for making or doing something I wrote a story along these lines.


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line

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verb

Definition of line for Students

lined

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lining

  1. 1 :  to indicate with or draw a long narrow mark

  2. 2 :  to place or be placed in a row along Shops line the street.

line up

  1. 1 :  to gather or arrange in a row or rows The children lined up.

  2. 2 :  to put into alignment Make sure the pieces line up.


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line

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verb

Definition of line for Students

lined

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lining

  1. :  to cover the inner surface of line a coat


Medical Dictionary

line

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noun \ˈlīn\

Medical Definition of line

  1. 1:  something (as a ridge, seam, mark, or streak) that is distinct, elongated, and narrow—see linea

  2. 2:  a strain produced and maintained especially by selective breeding or biological culture

  3. 3:  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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