mainline

verb
main·​line | \ ˈmān-ˌlīn How to pronounce mainline (audio) \
mainlined; mainlining; mainlines

Definition of mainline

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

slang : to take by or as if by injecting into a principal vein

intransitive verb

slang : to mainline a narcotic drug

mainline

adjective

Definition of mainline (Entry 2 of 3)

: being part of an established group also : being in the mainstream

main line

noun

Definition of main line (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a principal highway or railroad line
2 slang : a principal vein of the circulatory system

Examples of mainline in a Sentence

Verb His addiction grew worse when he began mainlining.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Watching Game of Thrones now feels like mainlining a bunch of CW shows like Arrow or Vampire Diaries—or even, sometimes, Jane the Virgin. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Watchmen, not Game of Thrones, proved to be HBO’s show of the decade," 16 Dec. 2019 Hook up a bunch of preschoolers to brain scanners and show them the movie, and the data would probably look similar to scans of a bunch of Fox News nightmare uncles mainlining Hannity. BostonGlobe.com, "For a 3-year-old fanatic, there’s no letting go of ‘Frozen’ - The Boston Globe," 31 Oct. 2019 Ideal conditions to mainline some headlines before starting the day. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Inspired by an 11-year-old girl, the question we should all be asking each other," 14 Aug. 2019 But in 2003, James and his bandmates already seemed to be mainlining the same influences as the jam bands on Bonnaroo’s neighboring stages, channeling elements of the Dead, the Band, the Allman Brothers, maybe even a squirt of Parliament-Funkadelic. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "After a long, strange trip ... all your indie faves are jam bands now," 6 June 2019 In a city that mainlines major brands, d3 is a welcome change. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Shops in Dubai," 5 Mar. 2018 That both doctors vouched for the health of a man who mainlines McDonald's and likes steak and meatloaf is incredible. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "The surreal tales of Trump's 2 former doctors," 1 May 2018 And no one seemed to be given pause by the fact that the brand’s most famous son had mainlined a fatal speedball just across the street. Benjamin Wallace, HWD, "Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?," 1 May 2017 Before any stars turned up to rehearse for Sunday's ceremony, crew members were busy putting the finishing touches on the elaborate production, rushing around wearing headsets and mainlining coffee from craft services. Amy Kaufman, latimes.com, "The Oscars turn 90, and the production team leaves no room for error ... this time," 2 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The 5-ton truck is used for mainline plow service during the winter, with a salt spreader or tanker for pretreatment deicing of the roads. John Benson, cleveland, "North Olmsted Service Department plans to buy new dump truck, sidewalk plow and front-end loader," 10 Jan. 2020 While other mainline Protestant denominations have embraced gay-friendly practices, the United Methodist Church has not, though acts of defiance by pro-LGBTQ clergy have multiplied. Travis Loller, Anchorage Daily News, "United Methodist Church proposes split over impasse on gay marriage, clergy," 4 Jan. 2020 Join us for a very special episode of the Star Wars Untold Stories podcast, where EW’s very own coalition of Sith Lords is digging into The Rise of Skywalker, the final film in the mainline trilogy-of-trilogies saga. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Rise of Skywalker," 20 Dec. 2019 Pew looked at the most distinctive terms used in sermons held by historically black, Evangelical Protestant, mainline Protestant, and Catholic churches. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Online sermons reveal differences in how Christians in the US worship," 17 Dec. 2019 The main explanations included growing work pressure—mainly because of women’s entry into the workforce—and the decline of social institutions such as mainline protestant churches. The Economist, "What the mighty Dolphins say about America," 1 Aug. 2019 However, something like short-format videos is not going to replace mainline video and long-form episodes. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "In TikTok-crazy India, an American app wants to go beyond “general tomfoolery”," 9 Dec. 2019 Instead of stepping forward in time, HLA will rewind to the period between the first two mainline Half-Life games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Half-Life: Alyx: What we know about Valve’s upcoming full-length VR game," 18 Nov. 2019 The Matanuska, one of the original mainline ferries launched along with the state system in 1963, recently received about $40 million of work to repair damaged steel and upgrade some systems to current safety standards. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Aging fleet and declining ridership plague Alaska’s public ferry system," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Forecasters will be watching for the potential for supercell storms to develop ahead of the main line, but that threat appeared to lessen some for much of the state. Leigh Morgan, al, "Widespread severe weather possible today in Alabama; 2 tornado watches issued," 11 Jan. 2020 Deep-water presentations often call for a braided main line to ensure positive hooksets at long distances. Outdoor Life, "How To Rig Your Ice Fishing Rods And Reels For Any Fish," 20 Dec. 2019 The nation was riveted when former White House official Fiona Hill went to Congress in November and dismantled a main line of the president’s defense in the impeachment inquiry. Mark Kennedy, Twin Cities, "Top 12 TV moments from 2019," 13 Dec. 2019 The nation was riveted when former White House official Fiona Hill went to Congress in November and dismantled a main line of the president’s defense in the impeachment inquiry. Washington Post, "The Associated Press picks the top moments on TV from 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 Most commuter trains on the Worcester main line would probably whiz by in that scenario. BostonGlobe.com, "On Monday night, a MassDOT spokeswoman offered some hope for a new path: She said in an e-mail that the project team is “reassessing the 3 track station and a 4 track configuration” to ensure West Station is robust enough to accommodate the frequent service laid out in the Rail Vision study.," 17 Dec. 2019 The 9-piece collection also comes in at a lower price point than her main line. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Being an Eco Fashion Warrior Isn't Easy But Maggie Marilyn Has an Idea," 23 Nov. 2019 Forecasters will also be closely watching for storms to develop out ahead of the main line. Leigh Morgan, al, "Severe weather expected in Alabama later today," 16 Dec. 2019 Mutzbauer works with a main line on his bosun’s chair and a backup line on his full-body harness, each rope tough enough to take up to 7,000 pounds of force. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio window washer now high on god, not heroin," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mainline

Verb

1938, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1941, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mainline was in 1841

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1 Jan 2020

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“Mainline.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/main%20line. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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mainline

verb
How to pronounce main line (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mainline

 (Entry 1 of 3)

slang : to inject (a drug) directly into a vein

mainline

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mainline (Entry 2 of 3)

chiefly US : belonging to an established and widely accepted group or system

main line

noun

English Language Learners Definition of main line (Entry 3 of 3)

: an important highway or railroad line

mainline

verb
main·​line | \ ˈmān-ˈlīn How to pronounce mainline (audio) \
mainlined; mainlining

Medical Definition of mainline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

slang : to take by or as if by injecting into a principal vein

intransitive verb

slang : to mainline a narcotic drug (as heroin)

main line

noun

Medical Definition of main line (Entry 2 of 2)

slang
: a principal vein of the circulatory system

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