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

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Offensive linemen and their coaches seek to solve complex problems with simple solutions. Charles Curtis, USA TODAY, "Coach doesn't like players who pour ketchup wrong," 17 May 2018 The Raiders made multiple trades and selected two linemen and a pass rusher Friday, the second day of the 2018 NFL draft. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Raiders trade up, trade down and end up with more linemen on NFL draft day 2 | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018 Johnson’s most frequent target for a while was three-star Florida offensive lineman Jamari Williams, who ended up committing to Louisville on May 25. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Meet Jaden Johnson, Louisville's best recruiter and a 16-year-old quarterback," 18 June 2018 The latter was a first-team All-Pro defensive lineman. Chris Chase, For The Win, "11 biggest scandals in sports gambling history," 16 May 2018 Defensive lineman Robert Ayers was the second of two first-round choices and leads the 10-man class in games played. Tom Krasovic,, "Broncos, Chiefs and Chargers made interesting moves in draft and afterward," 3 May 2018 The top tight ends are gone, and so are the top interior offensive linemen. Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "The Chiefs are about to be on the clock. Here's a prediction for Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Notes: Defensive lineman Jullian Taylor, who missed most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons with knee injuries, could be one of the risers in the draft. Marc Narducci,, "Sean Chandler improves 40-yard dash time at Temple's pro day," 19 Mar. 2018 The stalwart offensive lineman is among several Rams whose futures are undecided. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "McVay, Goff begin shaking off Rams’ loss, focusing on future," 5 Feb. 2019

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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
US : a person whose job is to set up and repair power lines or telephone lines

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