Definitions for deadlineˈdɛdˌlaɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadline(noun)

    the point in time at which something must be completed

Wiktionary

  1. deadline(Noun)

    A date on or before which something must be completed.

    I must make this deadline or my boss will kill me!

  2. deadline(Noun)

    A guideline marked on a plate for a printing press.

  3. deadline(Noun)

    A line which doesn't move.

  4. deadline(Noun)

    A boundary around a prison.

  5. Origin: The context of a due date originated in journalism, probably from an earlier usage in printing, representing a guideline marked on a plate for a printing press (inside which all content should appear). According to the Oxford English Dictionary, early usage refers simply to lines that do not move, such as one used in angling; slightly later American usage includes a boundary around a prison which prisoners must not cross.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'deadline' in Nouns Frequency: #2835


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