short line


Definition of short line 

: a transportation system (such as a railroad) operating over a relatively short distance

Examples of short line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

According to Field, shoppers are experiencing shorter lines and smaller crowds on Black Friday because retailers have expanded their hours, not because of a drop in enthusiasm. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Black Friday is longer, and tamer, than ever," 20 Nov. 2018 Given its location down the street from Franklin Barbecue, Micklethwait originally drew people seeking shorter lines. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best BBQ in Austin," 27 Feb. 2018 Field offices open on Saturdays may have shorter lines. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "DMV visit times can top five hours. Here are ways to avoid the worst hassles," 17 June 2018 The idea was to use the opening of the Ordsall Chord, a short line linking up stations in Manchester, and a new Thameslink tunnel under London to increase the number of services in operation. The Economist, "British railways are reduced to chaos by a botched timetable change," 7 June 2018 Still others spent the day going from branch to branch, in search of a shorter line. Shirley Leung,, "Happy birthday to me: 3½ hours at the RMV waiting to renew my license," 6 June 2018 As the morning eases into the afternoon, the rainy weather could lead to short lines throughout the rest of the voting day. Alaa Elassar, ajc, "Rainy weather, early voting impacting election turnout in DeKalb," 22 May 2018 Scott Holmes is opening another Little Miss, and the Sunnyslope branch is designed to feature shorter lines, plenty of parking and a lot more seating. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Most anticipated restaurant openings in 2018 in Phoenix: Roman pizza to Korean BBQ to Nashville hot chicken," 9 May 2018 More places to buy means shorter lines, and more people encouraged to buy stuff. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Hosmer’s greatest contribution, trading Marcus Peters (?), 10 key KC athletes, and Bob Huggins," 20 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'short line.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of short line

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about short line

Share short line

Statistics for short line

Last Updated

2 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for short line

The first known use of short line was circa 1917

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on short line

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with short line

Comments on short line

What made you want to look up short line? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


amusing and light sparring with words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!