story line

noun

Definition of story line

: the plot of a story or drama

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Synonyms for story line

Synonyms

action, plot, story

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Examples of story line in a Sentence

the story line is clumsily interrupted several times to provide some much-needed background information

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The story lines weave and reveal themselves just as people do. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "In honor of the Oscars, we asked Seattle chefs to name their picks for all-time Best Food Film," 20 Feb. 2019 Where Disney scored with its animated musical was in—pardon the pun—reanimating that classic story line in a way that was appealing to our eyes and ears, and that of our kids’, while maintaining some real danger in the narrative. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Players often craft story lines that fans flesh out with their commentary and chatter. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "NBA Twitter: A sports bar that doesn't close, where the stars pull up a seat next to you," 31 May 2018 USA TODAY Sports' Mike Hembree breaks down all the hottest story lines heading into the race. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "NASCAR Daytona 500 2018: Key information for 'The Great American Race'," 18 Feb. 2018 Specifically in season two, the story line was supposed to be that Micheal went from being an immortal demon to a person who not only identified with humans, but adopted human morality as a concept. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on How He Made Philosophy a Pop Culture Phenomenon," 6 Dec. 2018 There are other story lines and other characters to follow. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "‘The Rookie’: An Under-the-Radar Success for ABC’s Go-To Guy," 29 Dec. 2018 Here are a few other story lines to keep an eye on as the awards show approaches. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 13 July 2018 There are now so many story lines for female protagonists and heroes of color that the characters are no longer expected to represent an entire race or gender. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' gives us superheroes with a curfew and a very different sort of story line," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of story line

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of story line was in 1941

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story line

noun

English Language Learners Definition of story line

: the series of events that happen in a story

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