line·​man | \ ˈlīn-mən How to pronounce lineman (audio) \

Definition of lineman

1 : one who sets up or repairs electric wire communication or power lines

called also linesman

2 : a player in the forward line of a team specifically : a football player in the line

Examples of lineman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Offensive tackle Renato Brown and defensive lineman Ashton Gillotte both left the game in the first half. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 4 Oct. 2021 Broncos’ defensive end Shelby Harris, defensive lineman Mike Purcell, outside linebacker Malik Reed and inside linebacker Justin Stmad are also active. Ryan Mcfadden,, 3 Oct. 2021 Defensive lineman Jalen Carter, who is listed at 6-3, 310 pounds, got the call at fullback and proceeded to destroy THREE Razorback defenders as Zamir White plunged in from 3 yards out. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 Backup defensive lineman Tim Smith had the tackle on the first one at the 6-yard line just as Jerrion Ealy appeared to find some daylight. Michael Casagrande |, al, 3 Oct. 2021 Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols caught the ricochet in the air, and the Bears marched 89 yards in six plays to take a 14-0 lead. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 3 Oct. 2021 Poteet defensive lineman Alex Robinson had a fumble recovery in the third quarter, setting up a 40-yard field goal by Nicholas Aguilar to avoid a shutout. Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 After Cardinal Gibbons cut the deficit to 20-17 on a 1-yard fourth-quarter touchdown by Moulton, defensive lineman Greg Otten stripped the ball from Inniss and recovered a fumble at the Heritage 10-yard line. Adam Lichtenstein,, 2 Oct. 2021 Defensive lineman Tyler Johnson, who was limited in practice this week, is questionable for the game. Emily Horos, The Arizona Republic, 2 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of lineman

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Oct 2021

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“Lineman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lineman

: a player whose position is on the line of scrimmage
: a person whose job is to set up and repair power lines or telephone lines


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