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 Teller is a mauler at the position and has been the most consistent lineman this season. cleveland, "Browns’ Wyatt Teller getting a second opinion on calf injury but currently week-to-week; Ronnie Harrison in concussion protocol," 12 Oct. 2020 Right guard Zack Martin is the only Pro Bowl lineman remaining as the Cowboys attempt to climb out of a 1-3 hole. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith to have surgery for neck injury, will miss rest of 2020 NFL season," 9 Oct. 2020 Eriq is 6-8, 300 pounds, an offensive lineman, who played in four games as a freshman last season for the Lumberjacks. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Mountain Pointe senior Zereoue Williams' recruiting blows up before he even plays a game," 7 Oct. 2020 His father, Christopher Hinton, was an All-American lineman at Northwestern who was drafted fourth overall and appeared in seven Pro Bowls in the NFL. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why Chris Hinton's Michigan football progression has been 'night and day'," 6 Oct. 2020 Grinch was a safety and Campbell was a defensive lineman. Mark Heim |, al, "No. 18 Oklahoma-Iowa State live stream (10/3): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 3 Oct. 2020 Stanley, who did not participate in Thursday’s practice because of a shoulder injury, is the Ravens' top offensive lineman and one of their most durable. Jonas Shaffer,, "LT Ronnie Stanley misses Ravens practice Friday, casting doubt on availability vs. Washington," 2 Oct. 2020 His father, John Lott, is the head strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Chargers, was an offensive lineman at North Texas and played two seasons in the NFL. Tess Demeyer, Dallas News, "Argyle TE Jasper Lott commits to TCU," 25 Sep. 2020 Chris Sterling is a four-year starting defensive lineman. Chris Dabe,, "District 11-3A football preview: De La Salle returns Arizona-bound duo: Montrell Johnson, Ja'Marian Peterson," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of lineman

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Oct 2020

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“Lineman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lineman

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

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