line·​man | \ˈlīn-mən \

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

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Before the late games, Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker Brandon Marshall, and Seahawks linemen Duane Brown and Quinton Jefferson, retreated to their respective tunnels while the anthem played. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Colin Kaepernick thanks Miami Dolphins players for anthem protest prior to season opener," 9 Sep. 2018 Texas A&M commit Kenyon Green landed on Dave Campbell's elite Super Team offense as a first-team offensive lineman. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school notebook: Hastings PG Tatiyanna Riley competes in all-star game," 13 July 2018 He is known in the Carolinas for being a star offensive lineman at N.C. State in the early 1990s, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Cardinals’ GM, who played for NC State, lied to cops about his job, police report shows," 11 July 2018 The University of Maryland has hired a sports medicine consulting group to conduct an external review of the football team’s protocols following the death of a 19-year-old offensive lineman. Talia Richman,, "University of Maryland hires consultant to review team protocols after football player's death," 19 June 2018 In mid-May, the Lions jettisoned Akeem Spence, a typical 4-3 rotational defensive lineman who was productive, in a trade to the Dolphins. Carlos Monarrez, USA TODAY, "Lions training camp questions: Can Matt Patricia bring Patriots touch to Detroit?," 18 June 2018 The Chiefs traded up 11 spots in the third round to select Nnadi, a defensive lineman from Florida State. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Chiefs sign rookie D-lineman Derrick Nnadi; all draft picks under contract now," 14 June 2018 Seaman, a former Southern Illinois University defensive lineman, said has no fear about returning to Noblesville West Middle School. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Exclusive: Jason Seaman opens up after Noblesville shooting," 13 June 2018 Former Ole Miss athletic director Warner Alford, a lineman on the '59 team that lost on Cannon's punt return in the regular season and then blanked LSU 21-0 in a Sugar Bowl rematch, said Cannon was one of a kind. Ron Higgins,, "Rivals who became friends mourn the loss of LSU's Billy Cannon," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of lineman

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lineman

American football : 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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