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"
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
Origin: [See Line flax.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
līn, v.t. to cover on the inside: to pad: to impregnate: (Shak.) to aid.—n. Lin′ing. [M. E. linen, to cover, perh. orig. with linen—obs. line, linen—A.S. lín—L. linum.]
līn, n. 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 or succession, as of progeny: a series of steamers, &c., plying continuously between places: a railroad: a telegraph wire between stations: an order given to an agent for goods, such goods received, the stock on hand of any particular goods: a mark or lineament, hence a characteristic: a rank: a verse: a short letter or note: a trench: limit: method: the equator: lineage: direction: occupation: the regular infantry of an army: the twelfth part of an inch: (pl.) marriage-lines, a marriage certificate: a certificate of church membership: military works of defence.—v.t. to mark out with lines: to cover with lines: to place along by the side of for guarding: to give out for public singing, as a hymn, line by line: (rare) to delineate, paint: to measure.—n. Lin′eāge, descendants in a line from a common progenitor: race: family.—adj. Lin′eal, of or belonging to a line: composed of lines: in the direction of a line: descended in a direct line from an ancestor.—n. Lineal′ity.—adv. Lin′eally.—n. Lin′eament, feature: distinguishing mark in the form, esp. of the face.—adj. Lin′ear, of or belonging to a line: consisting of, or having the form of, lines: straight.—adv. Lin′early.—adjs. Lin′eāte, -d, marked longitudinally with depressed lines.—ns. Line′ātion (same as Delineation); Line′-engrav′ing, the process of engraving in lines, steel or copperplate engraving.—n.pl. Line′-fish, those taken with the line, as cod, halibut, &c.—adj. Lin′eolate, marked with fine or obscure lines.—ns. Lin′er, a vessel belonging to a regular line or series of packets; Lines′man (mil.), a private in the line; Line′-storm, an equinoctial storm.—Linear perspective, that part of perspective which regards only the positions, magnitudes, and forms of the objects delineated.—Equinoctial line, the celestial equator: the terrestrial equator; Fraunhofer's lines, the dark lines observed crossing the sun's spectrum at right angles to its length—from the Bavarian optician, Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787-1826); Give line, from angling, to allow a person apparent freedom, so as to gain him at last; Ship of the line (see Ship). [A.S. líne—L. linea—linum, flax.]
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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
The numerical value of line in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of line in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
There's a very fine line between a groove and a rut a fine line between eccentrics and people who are just plain nuts.
You have to pay back the China swap line (in 12 months time). It is a temporary fix to end the term, but it places a huge burden on the incoming administration to pay back the swap line and reverse the balance of payments deficit.
It's the place where my prediction from the sixties finally came true In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is, In fifteen minutes everybody will be famous.
Nagging questions remain Where is the line between making the most of one's potential and reaching for the unattainable Where is the line between education as a tool and education as a kind of magic The line is blurred and that is why when education fails, disillusionment is so bitter.
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Translations for line
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- maatskappy, lyn, verbinding, meridiaan, kant, rigting, visie, maatband, vers, kontoer, ewenaar, grens, loopgraaf, ry, kenmerk, produklyn, skeerkring, metodeAfrikaans
- صف, خطArabic
- йүнәлеш, бау, һыҙыҡBashkir
- лі́нія, чарга́Belarusian
- строявам сеBulgarian
- rectaCatalan, Valencian
- úsečka, lajna, čára, řádek, přímkaCzech
- Schlange, Kante, Linie, Leine, Zeile, Leitung, StreckeGerman
- fli, kaEwe
- γραμμή, ουρά, σπάγκοςGreek
- renglón, cola, línea, segmento, trazo, fila, cinta métrica, hilo, rasgo, hilera, verso, rectaSpanish
- ritta seadma, reastama, järjestamaEstonian
- mittanauha, rihtaus, linja, näkökanta, linjata, viiva, päiväntasaaja, suora, jono, rivit, sukulinja, liina, suunta, vuorosana, repliikki, [[asettua]] [[jonoon]], nuora, rivi, uurre, linjaus, raja, nyöri, naru, [[lukea]] [[rivi]] [[riviltä]], [[asettaa]] [[jonoon]], koordinaattiviiva, jalkaväki, mielipide, jana, kirje, täyttää, vuorata, astuaFinnish
- ride, droite, ligne, ligne de conduite, trait, croiser, accouplerFrench
- líne, clólíneIrish
- loidhneScottish Gaelic
- כיוון, תור, קוHebrew
- रेखा, पंक्ति, लाइनHindi
- sorba rendez, sor, vonal, egyenes, felsorakozik, szakasz, sorakozik, sorba állítHungarian
- linea, riga, corda, linea dell'equatore, lineamento, linea di parentela, tratti somatici, comportamento, gamma, segmento, meridiana, stirpe, contorno, ramo, verso, gomena, cima, fila, posizione, sagola, bordo, partizione, reggimento, confine, allineare, fune, caratteri somatici, lignaggio, coda, fanteria d'assalto, linea di condotta, fase, equatore, meridiano, ruga, discendenza, foderareItalian
- 台詞, 列, 行, 線Japanese
- исцртува, црта, ли́нија, постро́јува, ко́нец, ред, právec, линија, ја́же, се постро́јува, ме́тро, повле́кува, о́тсечка, гра́ница, подре́дува, пра́ва, га́јтан, стро́фа, поставува, обложуваMacedonian
- aansluiting, lijn, uitlijning, voorzien, evenaar, meetlat, rechte, contour, gezichtspunt, file, methode, kenmerk, productlijn, tekenen, richting, uitlijnen, kant, verbinding, streep, brief, rimpel, aanbod, regel, opzeggen, versterken, loopgraaf, stanza, opstellen, meridiaan, touw, gamma, vers, grens, lijnstuk, rij, visie, maatschappij, laten, bekleden, bedekken, dekken, voeren, vullenDutch
- ídzoNavajo, Navaho
- równik, odcinek, wers, linia, rząd, miara, kolejka, metr, lina, szereg, krawędź, prosta, wiersz, wypełniać, wyściełaćPolish
- aresta, fila, reta, contorno, risco, fala, equador, linha, traçar, linhagem, arco, fio, enfileirar, segmento, traço, forrarPortuguese
- longitudine, linie, cant, segment (de dreaptă), dreaptă, direcție, linie (de portativ), șnur, frânghie, ață, metru (de măsură), ecuator, sfoară, funie, coadă, latitudine, muchie, linie deaptă, linie directoareRomanian
- ли́ния свя́зи, вы́строиться, руле́тка, ли́ния, о́чередь, черта́, ле́ска, вы́строить, лине́йка, слово, ребро́, строфа́, шнур, курс, грани́ца, строка́, морщи́на, линия, выстра́ивать, стро́чка, отре́зок, верёвка, направле́ние, шере́нга, штрих, выстра́иваться, сантиме́тр, ре́плика, линь, выстелить, выстилатьRussian
- bilda, rada upp, anslutning, sortiment, linje, lina, replik, kö, distributionsled, rad, led, linjera, produktlinje, täcka, fodraSwedish
- వరస, గీతTelugu
- قطار, خطUrdu
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