Definitions for linelaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

linelaɪn(n.; v.)lined, lin•ing.

  1. (n.)a long mark of very slight breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool, etc., on a surface.

  2. a continuous extent of length, straight or curved, without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point.

    Category: Math

  3. something arranged along a line, esp. a straight line; a row:

    a line of trees.

  4. a number of persons standing one behind the other and waiting their turns at or for something; queue.

  5. something resembling a traced line, as a seam or furrow:

    lines of stratification in rock.

  6. a furrow or wrinkle on the face, neck, etc.

  7. an indication of demarcation; boundary; limit:

    the county line; a fine line between right and wrong.

  8. a row of written or printed letters, words, etc.

    Category: Printing

  9. a unit in the metrical structure of a poem or lyric, composed of feet.

    Category: Prosody

  10. Usu., lines. the words of an actor's part in a drama, musical comedy, etc.

    Category: Showbiz

  11. a short written message:

    Drop me a line when you're on vacation.

  12. a system of public conveyances, as buses or trains, plying regularly over a fixed route.

    Category: Transportation

  13. a transportation company:

    a steamship line.

    Category: Transportation

  14. a course of direction; route:

    the line of march.

  15. a course of action, procedure, thought, policy, etc.:

    That newspaper follows a conservative line.

  16. a piece of pertinent or useful information:

    I've got a line on a good used car.

  17. a series of generations of persons, animals, or plants descended from a common ancestor:

    a line of kings.

  18. a person's occupation or business:

    What line are you in?

  19. Informal. a mode of conversation intended to impress or influence:

    He handed us a line about his rich relatives.

    Category: Informal

  20. outline or contour:

    a ship of fine lines.

  21. lines, a plan of construction, action, or procedure: Chiefly Brit. a certificate of marriage.

    two books written along the same lines.

  22. a circle of the terrestrial or celestial sphere:

    the equinoctial line.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. a stock of goods of the same general class but having a range of styles, sizes, prices, or quality.

    Category: Business, Clothing

  26. an assembly line.

    Category: Machinery

  27. Law. a limit defining one estate from another; the outline or boundary of a piece of real estate.

    Category: Law

  28. ( in bridge) a line on a score sheet below which points are scored toward game and above which bonus points are scored.

    Category: Games

  29. Music. any of the straight, horizontal, parallel strokes of the staff, or one placed above or below the staff.

    Category: Music and Dance

  30. 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

  31. a body or formation of troops or ships drawn up abreast

    Category: Military

    Ref: (disting. from column 6 )

  32. that part of an administrative organization consisting of persons actively engaged on a given project.

  33. a thread, string, cord, rope, etc.

  34. a clothesline.

  35. a cord, wire, etc., used for measuring or as a guide.

  36. a pipe or hose:

    a steam line.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  37. a rope or cable used at sea.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  38. Slang. a small quantity of cocaine arranged in the form of a slender thread, as for sniffing.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  39. a cord or string with a hook, sinker, float, etc., for catching fish.

    Category: Sport

  40. either of the two front rows of opposing football players lined up opposite each other on the line of scrimmage.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: line of scrimmage.

  41. the betting odds established by bookmakers for events not covered by pari-mutuel betting, esp. sporting events, as football or basketball.

    Category: Sport

  42. the two wings and center that comprise an ice hockey team's offensive unit.

    Category: Sport

  43. (v.i.)to take a position in a line; range (often fol. by up).

  44. Baseball. to hit a line drive. to line out.

    Category: Sport

  45. (v.t.)to bring into a line, or into line with others (often fol. by up):

    to line up troops.

  46. to mark with a line or lines.

  47. to form a line along:

    Rocks lined the drive.

  48. to apply liner to (the eyes).

    Category: Clothing

  49. to delineate with or as if with lines; draw:

    to line a silhouette.

  50. 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

  51. line up, to secure; make available.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for line:

  1. down the line, in every way; thoroughly. in the future.

    Category: Idiom

  2. draw the line,to impose a restriction or limit.

    Category: Idiom

  3. hold the line,to maintain the status quo, esp. in order to forestall unfavorable developments.

    Category: Idiom

  4. in (the) line of duty,in the execution of one's duties, esp. with regard to the responsibility for life and death.

    Category: Idiom

  5. lay it on the line, Informal. to impart information directly and frankly.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  6. 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.

    Category: Idiom

  7. on line, on or part of an assembly line. in or into operation. actively linked to a computer.

    Category: Idiom, Computers

  8. on the line, in a vulnerable position. during the transaction; immediately:

    to pay cash on the line.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  9. 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)



linelaɪn(v.)lined, lin•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to cover the inner side or surface of:

    to line a coat with blue silk.

  2. to cover:

    Bookcases lined the walls.

  3. to furnish or fill:

    to line shelves with provisions.

  4. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. line(noun)

    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"

  2. line(noun)

    a mark that is long relative to its width

    "He drew a line on the chart"

  3. line(noun)

    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"

  4. line(noun)

    a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point

  5. line(noun)

    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"

  6. line(noun)

    a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum

  7. line(noun)

    a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)

    "they attacked the enemy's line"

  8. 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"

  9. cable, line, transmission line(noun)

    a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

  10. course, line(noun)

    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"

  11. line(noun)

    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent

  12. 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"

  13. pipeline, line(noun)

    a pipe used to transport liquids or gases

    "a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport"

  14. line, railway line, rail line(noun)

    the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed

  15. telephone line, phone line, telephone circuit, subscriber line, line(noun)

    a telephone connection

  16. line(noun)

    acting in conformity

    "in line with"; "he got out of line"; "toe the line"

  17. 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"

  18. line(noun)

    something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

    "a washing line"

  19. 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"

  20. line(noun)

    in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area

  21. 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"

  22. 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"

  23. line(noun)

    a commercial organization serving as a common carrier

  24. agate line, line(noun)

    space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising

  25. credit line, line of credit, bank line, line, personal credit line, personal line of credit(noun)

    the maximum credit that a customer is allowed

  26. 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"

  27. line(noun)

    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"

  28. note, short letter, line, billet(noun)

    a short personal letter

    "drop me a line when you get there"

  29. line, dividing line, demarcation, contrast(noun)

    a conceptual separation or distinction

    "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"

  30. 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

  31. line, run along(verb)

    be in line with; form a line along

    "trees line the riverbank"

  32. line(verb)

    cover the interior of

    "line the gloves"; "line a chimney"

  33. 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"

  34. line(verb)

    mark with lines

    "sorrow had lined his face"

  35. line(verb)

    fill plentifully

    "line one's pockets"

  36. line(verb)

    reinforce with fabric

    "lined books are more enduring"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. line(noun)ɪn

    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

  2. lineɪn

    a row of people waiting

    people standing in line to get into the theater; Is this the line for the checkout?

  3. lineɪn

    a row of people or things

    Stand in a line against the wall.; a line of trees along the driveway

  4. lineɪn

    a long thin piece of string, wire, etc.

    a washing line

  5. lineɪn

    a row of words

    Read from the fourth line to the bottom of the page.

  6. lineɪn

    the words an actor learns

    I kept forgetting my lines.

  7. lineɪn

    a telephone connection

    a good/bad line

  8. lineɪn

    on the telephone

    Mr. Fredericks is on the line for you.

  9. lineɪn

    one set of railroad tracks or one section of a railroad system

    an obstruction on the line; the West Coast line

  10. lineɪn

    a border or boundary

    to cross the state line

  11. lineɪn

    a limit or boundary between one thing and another

  12. lineɪn

    to do sth beyond a limit

    I think you crossed the line with that comment about his mother.

  13. lineɪn

    when the limit is difficult to define

    There's a fine line between genius and madness.

  14. lineɪn

    the direction of a movement

    He was so drunk he couldn't walk in a straight line.

  15. lineɪn

    like or similar to

    She said something along the lines of '"go away and leave me alone."

  16. lineɪn

    in the future

    a mistake that will cause problems somewhere down the line

  17. lineɪn

    about to receive or experience

    People say he's in line for several awards this year.; Is Britain in line for a housing crisis?

  18. lineɪn

    in danger of being ended or badly damaged

    Her job could be on the line.; a man with his reputation on the line

  19. lineɪn

    matching or agreeing with

    company profits that were not in line with their expectations

  20. line(verb)ɪn

    to form a line along the edge of sth

    trees lining the avenue

  21. lineɪn

    to put a layer of sth on the inside of sth

    Line the box with paper.; a jacket lined with red silk


  1. line(Noun)

    A path through two or more points (compare u2018segmentu2019); a continuous mark, including as made by a pen; any path, curved or straight.

  2. line(Noun)

    A rope, cord, string, or thread, of any thickness.

  3. line

    Direction, path.

    the line of sight or the line of vision

  4. line

    The wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, a telephone or internet cable between two points: a telephone or network connection.

  5. line

    A letter, a written form of communication.

    Drop me a line.

  6. line

    A connected series of public conveyances, as a roadbed or railway track; and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc.

  7. line

    A trench or rampart, or the non-physical demarcation of the extent of the territory occupied by specified forces.

  8. line

    The exterior limit of a figure or territory: a boundary, contour, or outline; a demarcation.

  9. line

    A threadlike crease or wrinkle marking the face, hand, or body; hence, a characteristic mark.

  10. line(Verb)

    To place (objects) into a line (usually used with "up"); to form into a line; to align.

    to line troops

  11. line(Verb)

    To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding; to fortify.

    to line works with soldiers

  12. line

    To form a line along.

  13. line

    To mark with a line or lines, to cover with lines.

    to line a copy book

  14. line

    To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray.

  15. line

    To read or repeat line by line.

    to line out a hymn

  16. line

    To form or enter into a line.

  17. line

    To hit a line drive; to hit a line drive which is caught for an out. Compare fly and ground.

  18. line(Noun)

    Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax.

  19. line(Verb)

    To cover the inner surface of (something), originally especially with linen.

  20. line(Verb)

    To reinforce (the back of a book) with glue and glued scrap material such as fabric or paper.

  21. line

    To fill or supply (something), as a purse with money.

  22. line(Verb)

    to copulate with, to impregnate.

  23. line

    Lineament; feature; figure (of one's body).

  24. line

    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.

  25. line

    The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery etc.

  26. line

    A series or succession of ancestors or descendants of a given person; a family or race; compare lineage.

  27. line

    A small amount of text. Specifically:

  28. line

    Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity.

  29. line

    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.

  30. line

    The products or services sold by a business, or by extension, the business itself.

  31. line

    A number of shares taken by a jobber.

  32. line

    A measure of length:

  33. line

    Alternative name for a maxwell, a unit of magnetic flux.

  34. line

    The batteru2019s box.

  35. line

    The position in which the fencers hold their swords.

  36. line

    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

  37. line

    A small portion or serving (of a powdery illegal drug).

  38. Origin: līnōn, from līnan, from līn-. Akin to lina ( Leine), line ( lijn), lina ( line), lin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Line(noun)

    flax; linen

  2. Line(noun)

    the longer and finer fiber of flax

  3. Line(verb)

    to cover the inner surface of; as, to line a cloak with silk or fur; to line a box with paper or tin

  4. Line(verb)

    to put something in the inside of; to fill; to supply, as a purse with money

  5. Line(verb)

    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

  6. Line(verb)

    to impregnate; -- applied to brute animals

  7. Line(noun)

    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

  8. Line(noun)

    a more or less threadlike mark of pen, pencil, or graver; any long mark; as, a chalk line

  9. Line(noun)

    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

  10. Line(noun)

    direction; as, the line of sight or vision

  11. Line(noun)

    a row of letters, words, etc., written or printed; esp., a row of words extending across a page or column

  12. Line(noun)

    a short letter; a note; as, a line from a friend

  13. Line(noun)

    a verse, or the words which form a certain number of feet, according to the measure

  14. Line(noun)

    course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity

  15. Line(noun)

    that which has length, but not breadth or thickness

  16. Line(noun)

    the exterior limit of a figure, plat, or territory; boundary; contour; outline

  17. Line(noun)

    a threadlike crease marking the face or the hand; hence, characteristic mark

  18. Line(noun)

    lineament; feature; figure

  19. Line(noun)

    a straight row; a continued series or rank; as, a line of houses, or of soldiers; a line of barriers

  20. Line(noun)

    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

  21. Line(noun)

    a connected series of public conveyances, and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc.; as, a line of stages; an express line

  22. Line(noun)

    a circle of latitude or of longitude, as represented on a map

  23. Line(noun)

    the equator; -- usually called the line, or equinoctial line; as, to cross the line

  24. Line(noun)

    a long tape, or a narrow ribbon of steel, etc., marked with subdivisions, as feet and inches, for measuring; a tapeline

  25. Line(noun)

    a measuring line or cord

  26. Line(noun)

    that which was measured by a line, as a field or any piece of land set apart; hence, allotted place of abode

  27. Line(noun)

    instruction; doctrine

  28. Line(noun)

    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

  29. Line(noun)

    the track and roadbed of a railway; railroad

  30. Line(noun)

    a row of men who are abreast of one another, whether side by side or some distance apart; -- opposed to column

  31. Line(noun)

    the regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery, etc

  32. Line(noun)

    a trench or rampart

  33. Line(noun)

    dispositions made to cover extended positions, and presenting a front in but one direction to an enemy

  34. Line(noun)

    form of a vessel as shown by the outlines of vertical, horizontal, and oblique sections

  35. Line(noun)

    one of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged strokes on and between which the notes are placed

  36. Line(noun)

    a number of shares taken by a jobber

  37. Line(noun)

    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

  38. Line(noun)

    the wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, or the whole of a system of telegraph wires under one management and name

  39. Line(noun)

    the reins with which a horse is guided by his driver

  40. Line(noun)

    a measure of length; one twelfth of an inch

  41. Line(verb)

    to mark with a line or lines; to cover with lines; as, to line a copy book

  42. Line(verb)

    to represent by lines; to delineate; to portray

  43. Line(verb)

    to read or repeat line by line; as, to line out a hymn

  44. Line(verb)

    to form into a line; to align; as, to line troops


  1. Line

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'line' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #421

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'line' in Written Corpus Frequency: #491

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'line' in Nouns Frequency: #73

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'line' in Verbs Frequency: #690

Anagrams of line

  1. LEIN

  2. Lien

  3. Neil

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.

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