redline

noun
red·​line | \ ˈred-ˈlīn How to pronounce redline (audio) \

Definition of redline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a recommended safety limit : the fastest, farthest, or highest point or degree considered safe also : the red line which marks this point on a gauge

redline

verb
red·​line | \ ˈred-ˌlīn How to pronounce redline (audio) , -ˈlīn \
redlined; redlining; redlines

Definition of redline (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to withhold home-loan funds or insurance from neighborhoods considered poor economic risks

transitive verb

: to discriminate against in housing or insurance

Examples of redline in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the T.50 engine will churn out 654 horses and 344 ft lbs of torque and have a redline of 12,100 rpm. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 Oct. 2021 That stratospheric redline is deliciously addictive, and yet achieving that goal in third gear catapults you well into triple-digit speeds. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 13 July 2021 Just before redline, Speed tugs on the right paddle and the CVT responds instantly with a decisive thump, accompanied by a punchy blat from the exhaust. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 16 Sep. 2021 And the flexibility of the imperturbable Audi mill allows a fifth-gear drive from near idle to redline, a trait reminiscent of the early Lamborghini GTs and one which makes the Spyker a pussycat to drive around town. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2021 And its 8,500 rpm redline makes the best Porsche sounds imaginable. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 30 Aug. 2021 The engine is effective but doesn't feel bred for motorsports, as the preponderance of low-down torque means there's little point in running it up to the redline. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2021 The mill is mated to a six-speed manual transmission standard—yes, standard!—that sends power to the rear axle and can generate up to 400 hp, 350 ft lbs of torque and has a redline of 6,800 rpm. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 Aug. 2021 Also unchanged for 2021 is the exhaust note of the GTS's mellifluous V-8, which continues to emit a powerboat-like burble at idle that builds to a soulful bellow as the engine spins to its 6800-rpm redline. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 3 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Switch to Race mode and the transmission becomes aggressive, downshifting under braking and holding gears to redline. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 Switch to Race mode and the transmission becomes aggressive, downshifting under braking and holding gears to redline. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 Switch to Race mode and the transmission becomes aggressive, downshifting under braking and holding gears to redline. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 Switch to Race mode and the transmission becomes aggressive, downshifting under braking and holding gears to redline. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 Switch to Race mode and the transmission becomes aggressive, downshifting under braking and holding gears to redline. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 Switch to Race mode and the transmission becomes aggressive, downshifting under braking and holding gears to redline. David Beard, Car and Driver, 9 Aug. 2021 Switch to Race mode and the transmission becomes aggressive, downshifting under braking and holding gears to redline. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, 21 Dec. 2020 The 20th century brought redlining and the destruction of black neighborhoods. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of redline

Noun

1952, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1968, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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25 Oct 2021

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“Redline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/redline. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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