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 On Monday morning, parent Amna Asghar stood in a short line in the Sankofa parking lot to get a Chromebook for her second-grade daughter, Ava, who stood at her side. Annie Vainshtein,, "Oakland students went back to school today. Here’s how the first day of distance learning went," 10 Aug. 2020 That short line grew into hundreds of visitors, who luckily spaced themselves over the eight hours of the sale so that social distancing could be maintained. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Huge yard sale raises funds for Medina’s McDowell-Phillips House restoration," 14 June 2020 When the sale opened at 9 a.m., 12 long tables covered by open-air tents greeted the short line of shoppers waiting to enter. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Huge yard sale raises funds for Medina’s McDowell-Phillips House restoration," 14 June 2020 Take the brown marker and a paper strip and draw a short line (about one centimeter) on the middle section of the pencil line. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Chromatography: Be a Color Detective," 14 May 2015 While the short lines in Maricopa County could be related to health concerns, there are also other factors that likely played a role. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Maricopa County elections: Short lines and little confusion," 17 Mar. 2020 Arrive early Pantries work on a first-come, first-serve basis, so arriving early is a way of assuring shorter lines and enough food. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "4 questions about Michigan food pantries: What you need to know," 21 Apr. 2020 Airports serving Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and Newark, N.J., reported short lines throughout the weekend, but long lines also formed Saturday in Chicago, Boston and others of the 13 airports that are accepting return flights from Europe. Charles Scudder, Dallas News, "DFW Airport running smoothly a day after coronavirus checks stalled travelers," 15 Mar. 2020 The rough rules: Each verse is four short lines, rhyming AA/BB, with four accented syllables in each line, as in Matt’s example above as well as the original. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1372: Trash talk, 1880-style," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of short line

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Short line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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