Definitions for LINElaɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
linelaɪn(n.; v.)lined, lin•ing.
(n.)a long mark of very slight breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool, etc., on a surface.
a continuous extent of length, straight or curved, without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point.
something arranged along a line, esp. a straight line; a row:
a line of trees.
a number of persons standing one behind the other and waiting their turns at or for something; queue.
something resembling a traced line, as a seam or furrow:
lines of stratification in rock.
a furrow or wrinkle on the face, neck, etc.
an indication of demarcation; boundary; limit:
the county line; a fine line between right and wrong.
a row of written or printed letters, words, etc.
a unit in the metrical structure of a poem or lyric, composed of feet.
Usu., lines. the words of an actor's part in a drama, musical comedy, etc.
a short written message:
Drop me a line when you're on vacation.
a system of public conveyances, as buses or trains, plying regularly over a fixed route.
a transportation company:
a steamship line.
a course of direction; route:
the line of march.
a course of action, procedure, thought, policy, etc.:
That newspaper follows a conservative line.
a piece of pertinent or useful information:
I've got a line on a good used car.
a series of generations of persons, animals, or plants descended from a common ancestor:
a line of kings.
a person's occupation or business:
What line are you in?
Informal. a mode of conversation intended to impress or influence:
He handed us a line about his rich relatives.
outline or contour:
a ship of fine lines.
lines, a plan of construction, action, or procedure: Chiefly Brit. a certificate of marriage.
two books written along the same lines.
a circle of the terrestrial or celestial sphere:
the equinoctial line.
Category: Geography (terms)
Art. a mark made by a pencil, brush, or the like, that defines the contour of a shape, forms hatching, etc. the edge of a shape.
Category: Fine Arts
a telephone connection: a wire circuit connecting two or more pieces of electric apparatus, esp. the circuit connecting points or stations in a telegraph or telephone system or the system itself.
Please hold the line.
Category: Telegraphy and Telephony
a stock of goods of the same general class but having a range of styles, sizes, prices, or quality.
Category: Business, Clothing
an assembly line.
Law. a limit defining one estate from another; the outline or boundary of a piece of real estate.
( in bridge) a line on a score sheet below which points are scored toward game and above which bonus points are scored.
Music. any of the straight, horizontal, parallel strokes of the staff, or one placed above or below the staff.
Category: Music and Dance
a series of fortifications: Often, lines. a distribution of troops, ships, etc., arranged for defense or drawn up for battle: the combatant forces of an army or navy, or their officers.
the Maginot line.
behind enemy lines.
Category: Military, Fortification
a body or formation of troops or ships drawn up abreast
Ref: (disting. from column 6 )
that part of an administrative organization consisting of persons actively engaged on a given project.
a thread, string, cord, rope, etc.
a cord, wire, etc., used for measuring or as a guide.
a pipe or hose:
a steam line.
Category: Nautical, Navy
a rope or cable used at sea.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Slang. a small quantity of cocaine arranged in the form of a slender thread, as for sniffing.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)
a cord or string with a hook, sinker, float, etc., for catching fish.
either of the two front rows of opposing football players lined up opposite each other on the line of scrimmage.
Ref: line of scrimmage.
the betting odds established by bookmakers for events not covered by pari-mutuel betting, esp. sporting events, as football or basketball.
the two wings and center that comprise an ice hockey team's offensive unit.
(v.i.)to take a position in a line; range (often fol. by up).
Baseball. to hit a line drive. to line out.
(v.t.)to bring into a line, or into line with others (often fol. by up):
to line up troops.
to mark with a line or lines.
to form a line along:
Rocks lined the drive.
to apply liner to (the eyes).
to delineate with or as if with lines; draw:
to line a silhouette.
line out, Baseball. to be put out by hitting a line drive caught on the fly by a player of the opposing team. Informal. to execute or perform:
to line out a song.
Category: Verb Phrase, Sport
line up, to secure; make available.
Category: Verb Phrase
Idioms for line:
down the line, in every way; thoroughly. in the future.
draw the line,to impose a restriction or limit.
hold the line,to maintain the status quo, esp. in order to forestall unfavorable developments.
in (the) line of duty,in the execution of one's duties, esp. with regard to the responsibility for life and death.
lay it on the line, Informal. to impart information directly and frankly.
Category: Idiom, Informal
off line, occurring or functioning away from the central work location, as an assembly line. not in operation; not functioning. not actively linked to a computer or central computer.
on line, on or part of an assembly line. in or into operation. actively linked to a computer.
Category: Idiom, Computers
on the line, in a vulnerable position. during the transaction; immediately:
to pay cash on the line.
Category: Idiom, Informal
out of line, not in a straight line. disrespectful; presumptuous.
Category: Idiom, Informal
Origin of line:
bef. 1000; ME li(g)ne, partly < OF ligne (< L līnea, orig. n. use of fem. of līneus flaxen <līn(um) flax (see line2)
(v.t.)to cover the inner side or surface of:
to line a coat with blue silk.
Bookcases lined the walls.
to furnish or fill:
to line shelves with provisions.
to reinforce (the back of a book) with glued fabric, paper, vellum, etc.
Origin of line:
1350–1400; ME lynen, der. of line linen, flax, OE līn < L līnum flax
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"
a mark that is long relative to its width
"He drew a line on the chart"
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"
a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
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"
a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
"they attacked the enemy's line"
argumentation, logical argument, argument, line of reasoning, line(noun)
a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
"I can't follow your line of reasoning"
cable, line, transmission line(noun)
a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
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"
a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
wrinkle, furrow, crease, crinkle, seam, line(noun)
a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
"his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
"a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport"
line, railway line, rail line(noun)
the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
telephone line, phone line, telephone circuit, subscriber line, line(noun)
a telephone connection
acting in conformity
"in line with"; "he got out of line"; "toe the line"
lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock(noun)
the descendants of one individual
"his entire lineage has been warriors"
something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
"a washing line"
occupation, business, job, line of work, line(noun)
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
"he's not in my line of business"
in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
channel, communication channel, line(noun)
(often plural) a means of communication or access
"it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
line, product line, line of products, line of merchandise, business line, line of business(noun)
a particular kind of product or merchandise
"a nice line of shoes"
a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
agate line, line(noun)
space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
credit line, line of credit, bank line, line, personal credit line, personal line of credit(noun)
the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase(noun)
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
"she was humming an air from Beethoven"
persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress
"`let me show you my etchings' is a rather worn line"; "he has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it"; "that salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk"
note, short letter, line, billet(noun)
a short personal letter
"drop me a line when you get there"
line, dividing line, demarcation, contrast(noun)
a conceptual separation or distinction
"there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
production line, assembly line, line(verb)
mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
line, run along(verb)
be in line with; form a line along
"trees line the riverbank"
cover the interior of
"line the gloves"; "line a chimney"
trace, draw, line, describe, delineate(verb)
make a mark or lines on a surface
"draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
mark with lines
"sorrow had lined his face"
"line one's pockets"
reinforce with fabric
"lined books are more enduring"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a long thin mark
Draw a line from each word to the correct picture.; Write on the lines.; red lines on her face from the pillow
a row of people waiting
people standing in line to get into the theater; Is this the line for the checkout?
a row of people or things
Stand in a line against the wall.; a line of trees along the driveway
a long thin piece of string, wire, etc.
a washing line
a row of words
Read from the fourth line to the bottom of the page.
the words an actor learns
I kept forgetting my lines.
a telephone connection
a good/bad line
on the telephone
Mr. Fredericks is on the line for you.
one set of railroad tracks or one section of a railroad system
an obstruction on the line; the West Coast line
a border or boundary
to cross the state line
a limit or boundary between one thing and another
to do sth beyond a limit
I think you crossed the line with that comment about his mother.
when the limit is difficult to define
There's a fine line between genius and madness.
the direction of a movement
He was so drunk he couldn't walk in a straight line.
like or similar to
She said something along the lines of '"go away and leave me alone."
in the future
a mistake that will cause problems somewhere down the line
about to receive or experience
People say he's in line for several awards this year.; Is Britain in line for a housing crisis?
in danger of being ended or badly damaged
Her job could be on the line.; a man with his reputation on the line
matching or agreeing with
company profits that were not in line with their expectations
to form a line along the edge of sth
trees lining the avenue
to put a layer of sth on the inside of sth
Line the box with paper.; a jacket lined with red silk
A path through two or more points (compare u2018segmentu2019); a continuous mark, including as made by a pen; any path, curved or straight.
A rope, cord, string, or thread, of any thickness.
the line of sight or the line of vision
The wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, a telephone or internet cable between two points: a telephone or network connection.
A letter, a written form of communication.
Drop me a line.
A connected series of public conveyances, as a roadbed or railway track; and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc.
A trench or rampart, or the non-physical demarcation of the extent of the territory occupied by specified forces.
The exterior limit of a figure or territory: a boundary, contour, or outline; a demarcation.
A threadlike crease or wrinkle marking the face, hand, or body; hence, a characteristic mark.
To place (objects) into a line (usually used with "up"); to form into a line; to align.
to line troops
To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding; to fortify.
to line works with soldiers
To form a line along.
To mark with a line or lines, to cover with lines.
to line a copy book
To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray.
To read or repeat line by line.
to line out a hymn
To form or enter into a line.
To hit a line drive; to hit a line drive which is caught for an out. Compare fly and ground.
Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax.
To cover the inner surface of (something), originally especially with linen.
To reinforce (the back of a book) with glue and glued scrap material such as fabric or paper.
To fill or supply (something), as a purse with money.
to copulate with, to impregnate.
Lineament; feature; figure (of one's body).
A more-or-less straight sequence of people, objects, etc., either arranged as a queue or column and often waiting to be processed or dealt with, or arranged abreast of one another in a row (and contrasted with a column), as in a military formation.
The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery etc.
A series or succession of ancestors or descendants of a given person; a family or race; compare lineage.
A small amount of text. Specifically:
Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity.
The official, stated position (or set of positions) of an individual or group, particularly a political or religious faction.
Remember, your answers must match the party line.
The products or services sold by a business, or by extension, the business itself.
A number of shares taken by a jobber.
A measure of length:
Alternative name for a maxwell, a unit of magnetic flux.
The batteru2019s box.
The position in which the fencers hold their swords.
Proper relative position or adjustment (of parts, not as to design or proportion, but with reference to smooth working).
the engine is in line / out of line
A small portion or serving (of a powdery illegal drug).
Origin: līnōn, from līnan, from līn-. Akin to lina ( Leine), line ( lijn), lina ( line), lin.
the longer and finer fiber of flax
to cover the inner surface of; as, to line a cloak with silk or fur; to line a box with paper or tin
to put something in the inside of; to fill; to supply, as a purse with money
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
to impregnate; -- applied to brute animals
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
a more or less threadlike mark of pen, pencil, or graver; any long mark; as, a chalk line
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
direction; as, the line of sight or vision
a row of letters, words, etc., written or printed; esp., a row of words extending across a page or column
a short letter; a note; as, a line from a friend
a verse, or the words which form a certain number of feet, according to the measure
course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity
that which has length, but not breadth or thickness
the exterior limit of a figure, plat, or territory; boundary; contour; outline
a threadlike crease marking the face or the hand; hence, characteristic mark
lineament; feature; figure
a straight row; a continued series or rank; as, a line of houses, or of soldiers; a line of barriers
a series or succession of ancestors or descendants of a given person; a family or race; as, the ascending or descending line; the line of descent; the male line; a line of kings
a connected series of public conveyances, and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc.; as, a line of stages; an express line
a circle of latitude or of longitude, as represented on a map
the equator; -- usually called the line, or equinoctial line; as, to cross the line
a long tape, or a narrow ribbon of steel, etc., marked with subdivisions, as feet and inches, for measuring; a tapeline
a measuring line or cord
that which was measured by a line, as a field or any piece of land set apart; hence, allotted place of abode
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
the track and roadbed of a railway; railroad
a row of men who are abreast of one another, whether side by side or some distance apart; -- opposed to column
the regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery, etc
a trench or rampart
dispositions made to cover extended positions, and presenting a front in but one direction to an enemy
form of a vessel as shown by the outlines of vertical, horizontal, and oblique sections
one of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged strokes on and between which the notes are placed
a number of shares taken by a jobber
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
the wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, or the whole of a system of telegraph wires under one management and name
the reins with which a horse is guided by his driver
a measure of length; one twelfth of an inch
to mark with a line or lines; to cover with lines; as, to line a copy book
to represent by lines; to delineate; to portray
to read or repeat line by line; as, to line out a hymn
to form into a line; to align; as, to line troops
The notion of line or straight line was introduced by ancient mathematicians to represent straight objects with negligible width and depth. Lines are an idealization of such objects. Thus, until seventeenth century, lines were defined like this: "The line is the first species of quantity, which has only one dimension, namely length, without any width nor depth, and is nothing else than the flow or run of the point which […] will leave from its imaginary moving some vestige in length, exempt of any width. […] The straight line is that which is equally extended between its points" Euclid described a line as "breadthless length", and introduced several postulates as basic unprovable properties from which he constructed the geometry, which is now called Euclidean geometry to avoid confusion with other geometries which have been introduced since the end of nineteenth century. In modern mathematics, given the multitude of geometries, the concept of a line is closely tied to the way the geometry is described. For instance, in analytic geometry, a line in the plane is often defined as the set of points whose coordinates satisfy a given linear equation, but in a more abstract setting, such as incidence geometry, a line may be an independent object, distinct from the set of points which lie on it.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'LINE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #421
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'LINE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #491
Rank popularity for the word 'LINE' in Nouns Frequency: #73
Rank popularity for the word 'LINE' in Verbs Frequency: #690
Translations for LINE
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(a piece of) thread, cord, rope etc
She hung the washing on the line; a fishing-rod and line.
- lyn, waslyn, vislynAfrikaans
- linhaPortuguese (BR)
- šňůra; nit; vlasecCzech
- die LeineGerman
- snor; lineDanish
- κλωστή, σπάγγος, σκοινί, πετονιάGreek
- cuerda, cordel, sedalSpanish
- طناب؛ نخFarsi
- corde, ligneFrench
- חוּט, חֶבֶלHebrew
- लाइन, रेखाHindi
- uže, špagaCroatian
- lína; snúra, bandIcelandic
- corda, filoItalian
- 실, 끈, 밧줄Korean
- virvė, valasLithuanian
- aukla; virveLatvian
- snor, line, ledningNorwegian
- طناب؛ نخPersian
- frânghie; firRomanian
- шнур, верёвка, лескаRussian
- šnúra; niť; vlasecSlovak
- ip, sicim, kordon, tel, olta ipiTurkish
- 繩，線Chinese (Trad.)
- шнур; ліньUkrainian
- کپڑے سکھانے کی رسی یا تارUrdu
- 绳索等Chinese (Simp.)
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