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Definitions of line

  1. space for one line of print ( one column wide and 1/ 14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
  2. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; " she was humming an air from Beethoven"
  3. the descendants of one individual; " his entire lineage has been warriors"
  4. the methodical process of logical reasoning; " I can't follow your line of reasoning"
  5. mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
  6. the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
  7. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; " he's not in my line of business"
  8. a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
  9. ( often plural) a means of communication or access; " it must go through official channels"; " lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
  10. a conceptual separation or demarcation; " there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
  11. a connected series of events or actions or developments; " the government took a firm course"; " historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available"
  12. a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface; " his face has many lines"; " ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
  13. be in line with; form a line along; of trees along a river, etc.
  14. acting in conformity; " in line with"; " he got out of line"; " toe the line"
  15. something ( as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; " a washing line"
  16. the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
  17. a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
  18. a short personal letter; " drop me a line when you get there"
  19. a mark that is long relative to its width; " He drew a line on the chart"; " The substance produced characteristic lines on the spectroscope"
  20. text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen; " the letter consisted of three short lines"; " there are six lines in every stanza"
  21. a formation of people or things one behind another; " the line stretched clear around the corner"; " you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter"
  22. a formation of people or things one beside another; " the line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed"; " they were arrayed in line of battle"; " the cast stood in line for the curtain call"
  23. a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  24. in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
  25. a fortified position ( especially one marking the most forward position of troops); " they attacked the enemy's line"
  26. a single frequency ( or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
  27. a length ( straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
  28. reinforce with fabric; " lined books are more enduring"
  29. fill plentifully; " line one's pockets"
  30. cover the interior of ( garments); " line the gloves"
  31. mark with lines; " sorrow had lined his face"
  32. be in line with; form a line along; " trees line the riverbank"
  33. Flax; linen.
  34. The longer and finer fiber of flax.
  35. To cover the inner surface of; as, to line a cloak with silk or fur; to line a box with paper or tin.
  36. To put something in the inside of; to fill; to supply, as a purse with money.
  37. To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding anything; to fortify; as, to line works with soldiers.
  38. A linen thread or string; a slender, strong cord; also, a cord of any thickness; a rope; a hawser; as, a fishing line; a line for snaring birds; a clothesline; a towline.
  39. A more or less threadlike mark of pen, pencil, or graver; any long mark; as, a chalk line.
  40. The course followed by anything in motion; hence, a road or route; as, the arrow descended in a curved line; the place is remote from lines of travel.
  41. Direction; as, the line of sight or vision.
  42. A row of letters, words, etc., written or printed; esp., a row of words extending across a page or column.
  43. A short letter; a note; as, a line from a friend.
  44. A verse, or the words which form a certain number of feet, according to the measure.
  45. Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity.
  46. That which has length, but not breadth or thickness.
  47. The exterior limit of a figure, plat, or territory; boundary; contour; outline.
  48. A threadlike crease marking the face or the hand; hence, characteristic mark.
  49. Lineament; feature; figure.
  50. A straight row; a continued series or rank; as, a line of houses, or of soldiers; a line of barriers.
  51. A connected series of public conveyances, and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc.; as, a line of stages; an express line.
  52. A circle of latitude or of longitude, as represented on a map.
  53. A long tape, or a narrow ribbon of steel, etc., marked with subdivisions, as feet and inches, for measuring; a tapeline.
  54. A measuring line or cord.
  55. That which was measured by a line, as a field or any piece of land set apart; hence, allotted place of abode.
  56. Instruction; doctrine.
  57. The proper relative position or adjustment of parts, not as to design or proportion, but with reference to smooth working; as, the engine is in line or out of line.
  58. The track and roadbed of a railway; railroad.
  59. The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery, etc.
  60. A trench or rampart.
  61. Dispositions made to cover extended positions, and presenting a front in but one direction to an enemy.
  62. Form of a vessel as shown by the outlines of vertical, horizontal, and oblique sections.
  63. One of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged strokes on and between which the notes are placed.
  64. A number of shares taken by a jobber.
  65. A series of various qualities and values of the same general class of articles; as, a full line of hosiery; a line of merinos, etc.
  66. The wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, or the whole of a system of telegraph wires under one management and name.
  67. The reins with which a horse is guided by his driver.
  68. A measure of length; one twelfth of an inch.
  69. To mark with a line or lines; to cover with lines; as, to line a copy book.
  70. To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray.
  71. To read or repeat line by line; as, to line out a hymn.
  72. To form into a line; to align; as, to line troops.
  73. To impregnate; - applied to brute animals.
  74. The equator; - usually called the line, or equinoctial line; as, to cross the line.
  75. A row of men who are abreast of one another, whether side by side or some distance apart; - opposed to column.
  76. A mark on paper, etc., having length but not breadth or thickness; a slender string or cord; a row; as, a line of trees; a boundary; as, we crossed the line into Canada; an imaginary circle on the globe; as, a line of latitude; plan or method; as, follow this line of attack; a course of action; an industry or profession; as, he was an expert in his own line; a row of printed or written letters or words; a verse of poetry; descent; as, a line of kings; trains, ships, etc., making up a system of transportation; in war, a row of defended positions; as, a trench in the front line; a row of soldiers marching abreast; a wire in a telegraph or telephone system.
  77. To draw lines upon; place along side by side; as, to line up soldiers; cover on the inside; as, to line a coat.
  78. To form a row; as the men line up for inspection.
  79. A thread of linen or flax: a slender cord: ( math.) that which has length without breadth or thickness: an extended stroke: a straight row: a cord extended to direct any operations: outline: a series, succession of: a mark or lineament, hence a characteristic: a row: a rank: a verse: a short letter or note: a trench, in pl. military works of defence: limit: method: the equator: lineage: direction: occupation: the regular infantry of an army: the twelfth part of an inch.
  80. To mark out with lines: to cover with lines: to place along by the side of for guarding: by a guard within or by anything added.
  81. To cover on the inside with linen or other material: to cover.
  82. A cord or string; extended mark; row or rank; a verse; trench; limit; the equator; occupation; direction; lineage; one- twelfth of an inch.
  83. To cover with lines; to cover with lining; cover on the inside.
  84. The equator.
  85. To make lines upon; read out, line by line.
  86. To form or be in line.
  87. To cover the inside of.
  88. A string or cord; mark; outline; lineament; boundary; limit; course; route; series of conveyances; a trian of thought.
  89. Kinship; descent; family.
  90. A row, as of articles or words.
  91. A Stock of goods or a business.
  92. That which has length without breadth or thickness.
  93. A measure of length, one twelfth inch.
  94. A slender string or cord; a thread- like stroke or trace; the equator; that which has length without breadth or thickness; a row, as of letters, words, soldiers, ships, & c.; a verse; a series in regular succession; lineage; outline; lineament; a short letter or a note; a trench or rampart; the twelfth part of an inch; disposition; method; occupation; course; direction. A right line, a straight line, the shortest that can be drawn between two points. Equinoctial line, the equator of the earth or heavens. A ship of the line, a ship of war large enough to have a place in the line of battle. Line of battle, the disposition of an army or fleet.
  95. To mark with lines; to cover on the inside; to put in the inside; to place along by the side of anything for guarding; to cover.
  96. Length without breadth; a string or cord; a lineament or mark in the hand or face; outline; as much as is written from the one margin to the opposite one; a single row; a series or succession; course or direction; in poetry, a verse or part of a verse; family ascending or descending; line of business; twelfth part of an inch; the line, the equator or equinoctial circle; applied to the largest warships, as a ship of the line.
  97. To cover the inside of a garment, originally with linen, but now with any other texture; to cover on the inside; to strengthen with a guard within; to strengthen with anything added; to impregnate- applied to the lower animals.
  98. A line; anatomical term, such as nuchal, temporal line.

Usage examples for line

  1. I'll get him on the line. – Miss Lulu Bett by Zona Gale
  2. I only wish to make it clearly understood that my brother had no sort of claim upon me, and that I consider every line of this letter an insult." – My Little Lady by Eleanor Frances Poynter
  3. Along this line alone can progress be made. – American World Policies by Walter E. Weyl
  4. This is all that one has to do in the eating line until dinner. – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  5. Shouldn't have thought that was much in your line. – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  6. It was line against line. – Waterloo by Hilaire Belloc
  7. It was in Carruthers' line. – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  8. Journegan stepped to one side to keep out of the line of fire. – Mr. Trunnell by T. Jenkins Hains
  9. Pay out, men- pay out line! – Charlie to the Rescue by R.M. Ballantyne
  10. Indeed, one cannot see how such a woman could make any effort in that line. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  11. We've got to line things up for the race. – Treachery in Outer Space by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
  12. If so, let me have one other little line. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  13. Then came the four sisters and stood in a line before the man. – Myths and Legends of the Sioux by Marie L. McLaughlin
  14. I'm not in that line exactly. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  15. All I need is a lead line and experience. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  16. Don't do it, Dysart; it isn't in your line. – The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers
  17. Where does the line go? – The Flying Stingaree by Harold Leland Goodwin
  18. We couldn't get out of line to get any dinner as we would lose our place. – The Biography of a Rabbit by Roy Benson, Jr.
  19. All Lost Chief was on a party line and he carried on his conversation not without difficulty. – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  20. How should it know that they can be taken with bait and line or by fishing for them? – Ways of Nature by John Burroughs
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