What does line mean?

Definitions for line
laɪnline

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word line.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. linenoun

    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. linenoun

    a mark that is long relative to its width

    "He drew a line on the chart"

  3. linenoun

    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. linenoun

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

  5. linenoun

    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. linenoun

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

  7. linenoun

    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, linenoun

    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 linenoun

    a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

  10. course, linenoun

    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. linenoun

    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent

  12. wrinkle, furrow, crease, crinkle, seam, linenoun

    a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface

    "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"

  13. pipeline, linenoun

    a pipe used to transport liquids or gases

    "a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport"

  14. line, railway line, rail linenoun

    the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed

  15. telephone line, phone line, telephone circuit, subscriber line, linenoun

    a telephone connection

  16. linenoun

    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, stocknoun

    the descendants of one individual

    "his entire lineage has been warriors"

  18. linenoun

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

    "a washing line"

  19. occupation, business, job, line of work, linenoun

    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

    "he's not in my line of business"

  20. linenoun

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

  21. channel, communication channel, linenoun

    (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 businessnoun

    a particular kind of product or merchandise

    "a nice line of shoes"

  23. linenoun

    a commercial organization serving as a common carrier

  24. agate line, linenoun

    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 creditnoun

    the maximum credit that a customer is allowed

  26. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrasenoun

    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

  27. linenoun

    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, billetnoun

    a short personal letter

    "drop me a line when you get there"

  29. line, dividing line, demarcation, contrastnoun

    a conceptual separation or distinction

    "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"

  30. production line, assembly line, lineverb

    mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it

  31. line, run alongverb

    be in line with; form a line along

    "trees line the riverbank"

  32. lineverb

    cover the interior of

    "line the gloves"; "line a chimney"

  33. trace, draw, line, describe, delineateverb

    make a mark or lines on a surface

    "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

  34. lineverb

    mark with lines

    "sorrow had lined his face"

  35. lineverb

    fill plentifully

    "line one's pockets"

  36. lineverb

    reinforce with fabric

    "lined books are more enduring"

Wiktionary

  1. linenoun

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

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

  2. linenoun

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

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

  3. line

    Direction, path.

    the line of sight or the line of vision

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

  4. line

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

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

  5. line

    A letter, a written form of communication.

    Drop me a line.

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

  6. line

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

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

  7. line

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

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

  8. line

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

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

  9. line

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

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

  10. lineverb

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

    to line troops

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

  11. lineverb

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

    to line works with soldiers

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

  12. line

    To form a line along.

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

  13. line

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

    to line a copy book

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

  14. line

    To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray.

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

  15. line

    To read or repeat line by line.

    to line out a hymn

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

  16. line

    To form or enter into a line.

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

  17. line

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

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

  18. linenoun

    Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax.

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

  19. lineverb

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

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

  20. lineverb

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

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

  21. line

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

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

  22. lineverb

    to copulate with, to impregnate.

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

  23. line

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

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

  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.

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

  25. line

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

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

  26. line

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

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

  27. line

    A small amount of text. Specifically:

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

  28. line

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

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

  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.

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

  30. line

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

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

  31. line

    A number of shares taken by a jobber.

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

  32. line

    A measure of length:

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

  33. line

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

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

  34. line

    The batter's box.

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

  35. line

    The position in which the fencers hold their swords.

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

  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

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

  37. line

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Linenoun

    flax; linen

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  2. Linenoun

    the longer and finer fiber of flax

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  3. Lineverb

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  4. Lineverb

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  5. Lineverb

    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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  6. Lineverb

    to impregnate; -- applied to brute animals

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  7. Linenoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  8. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  9. Linenoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  10. Linenoun

    direction; as, the line of sight or vision

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  11. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  12. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  13. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  14. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  15. Linenoun

    that which has length, but not breadth or thickness

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  16. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  17. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  18. Linenoun

    lineament; feature; figure

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  19. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  20. Linenoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  21. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  22. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  23. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  24. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  25. Linenoun

    a measuring line or cord

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  26. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  27. Linenoun

    instruction; doctrine

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  28. Linenoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  29. Linenoun

    the track and roadbed of a railway; railroad

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  30. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  31. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  32. Linenoun

    a trench or rampart

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  33. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  34. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  35. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  36. Linenoun

    a number of shares taken by a jobber

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  37. Linenoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  38. Linenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  39. Linenoun

    the reins with which a horse is guided by his driver

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  40. Linenoun

    a measure of length; one twelfth of an inch

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  41. Lineverb

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  42. Lineverb

    to represent by lines; to delineate; to portray

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  43. Lineverb

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

  44. Lineverb

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

    Etymology: [See Line flax.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Line

    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.]

  2. Line

    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. linealinum, flax.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. line

    The general appellation of a number of small ropes in a ship, as buntlines, clue-lines, bowlines, &c. Also, the term in common parlance for the equator. Also, in the army, distinguishes the regular numbered regiments of cavalry and infantry from the artillery and guards, to whom exceptional functions are assigned. In fortification, it means a trench, approaches, &c. In a geometrical sense, it signifies length without breadth; and in military parlance, it is drawing up a front of soldiers.--Concluding line. A small rope, which is hitched to the middle of every step of a stern-ladder.--Deep-sea line. A long line, marked at every five fathoms with small strands of line, knotted, and used with the deep-sea lead. The first 20 fathoms are marked as follows: 2 and 3 fathoms with black leather; 5 with white bunting; 7 with red; 10 with leather and a hole in it. Then 13, 15, and 17 repeat the previous marks of 3, 5, and 7. Two knots indicate 20, three knots 30, four knots 40 fathoms, and so on, with an additional knot for every ten. Meanwhile a single knot indicates the intermediate fives. Besides this system some pilots prefer their own marks, as in the Hooghly, where they always measure the line for themselves. The term "deep-sea line" must not now be confined to the use of the lead for the ordinary purposes of safe navigation; deep-sea soundings for scientific purposes are recorded in thousands of fathoms, in which case the line is sometimes made of silk, the object being to obtain the largest amount of strength with a small weight.--Fishing-lines. Particular kinds of lines, generally used for fishing snood, mackerel, whiting, cod, albacore, &c.--Hand-line. A line about 20 fathoms long, marked like the first 20 fathoms of the deep-sea line. It is made fast to a hand-lead of from 7 to 14 lbs., and used to determine the depth of water in going in or out of a harbour, river, channel, &c.--Hauling-line. Any rope let down out of a top, &c., to haul up some light body by hand.--Knave-line. A rope fastened to the cross-trees, under the main or fore top, whence it comes down by the ties to the ram-head, and there it is rove through a piece of wood about 2 feet long, and so is brought to the ship's side, and there hauled up taut to the rails.--Life-line. A rope occasionally extended in several situations for persons to lay hold of, to prevent their falling.--Mar-line. A particular kind of small line, composed of two strands very little twisted; there is both tarred and white mar-line. That supplied for the gunner and for bending light sails is untarred.--Navel-line. A rope depending from the heads of the main and fore masts, and passed round to the bight of the truss to keep it up, whilst the yard is being swayed up, or when the truss, in bracing sharp up, is overhauled to the full.--Spilling-lines. Ropes fixed occasionally to the square sails, particularly the main and fore courses in bad weather, for reefing or furling them more conveniently; they are rove through blocks upon the yard, whence leading round the sail they are fastened abaft the yard, so that the sail is very closely confined.--White-line. That which has not been tarred, in contradistinction to tarred line.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. line

    Various opinions have been given as to what portion of the military establishment should constitute the line of the army, and in the absence of legislation, which should settle the question, it will continue to be a subject of controversy, and some difficulty has arisen from the vague and uncertain meaning of the words “line of the army,” which neither in the English service nor in the United States have a well-defined meaning. The opinion that the words are intended to distinguish the regular army from the militia, or discriminate between officers by brevet and those by ordinary commissions, as understood by some, would seem to be erroneous. Though the words “line of the army” may sometimes be used in a different sense, the opinion prevails that in the 122d Article of War they are used to designate those officers of the army who do not belong to the staff, in contradistinction to those who do. It is now generally conceded that the law contemplates that the fighting portion of the army; as cavalry, artillery, infantry, and engineers, or that part of the service organized or subdivided into units for command, as well as the commanders thereof, constitutes the “line of the army.” The four arms of the service above mentioned form the principal part of a mobilized army, and as they are always formed into a line of battle to resist the attack of an enemy, or to make an attack, they are generally known as the “line of the army,” or “troops of the line,” to distinguish them from other bodies of men who form parts of an army.

  2. line

    In the British service, the regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, volunteer corps, artillery, cavalry, etc.

  3. line

    In tactics, a body of men in either one or two ranks; generally a body of troops drawn up with an extended front. To line, is to place troops in line (see Align); thus, to line hedges or walls, is to place troops behind them. To form the line, in land tactics, is to arrange the troops in order of battle, or battle array. To break the line, to change the direction from that of a straight line, in order to obtain a cross-fire, and for other purposes. To line a street or road, is to draw up any number of men on each side of the street or road, and to face them inwards. This is frequently practiced on days of ceremony, when some distinguished person is received with military honors on his way through places where troops are stationed. This is the usage also in funerals, when the corps under arms form a line facing inwards.

  4. line

    In fencing, an imaginary line opposite to the fencer, wherein the shoulders, right arm, and the sword should always be found, and wherein are also to be placed the two feet at the distance of 18 inches apart. In which sense a man is said to be in his line, or to go out of his line, etc.

  5. line

    A cord or rope; as, a picket line, side lines (which see).

Editors Contribution

  1. line

    A neat arrangement of people.

    They all formed a line at the supermarket.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  
  2. line

    A quantifiable space connecting specific points.

    The angle line is straight in a specific direction.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  
  3. line

    A type of structure created and designed for a form of telecommunications.

    The broadband line was very efficient.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

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Entomology

  1. Line

    a narrow streak or stripe: as a term of measurement, one-twelfth of an inch; commonly used by English and early American authors.

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 for line »

  1. LEIN

  2. Lien

  3. Neil

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of line in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of line in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of line in a Sentence

  1. Manik Narain:

    There are still outstanding loans in euros and Swiss francs in Hungary and Poland. The bottom line is the corporate sector is still indebted and weakness in the forint feeds on itself, affects the corporate debt problem and inflates government debt ratios.

  2. Randall Everett:

    I don’t know that I would say put Christians at the front of the line in every case, but I would say, as a policy, to put religious minorities first, in Iraq and Syria, Christians and Yazidis are the minority, and their situation is dire.

  3. Chuck Schumer of New York:

    The bottom line is we have to keep trying.

  4. Charlie Wheeler:

    Rauner has a bottom line of being anti-union... and that goes against a core belief of the Democratic Party, so those kind of things aren't negotiable.

  5. Peter Cafiero:

    You can’t really add anything anywhere, there is something constraining us everywhere at all times of day, at this point, on every line.

Images & Illustrations of line

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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
  • lineDanish
  • 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
  • خطPersian
  • 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
  • liñaGalician
  • રેખાGujarati
  • linneyManx
  • כיוון, תור, קוHebrew
  • रेखा, पंक्ति, लाइनHindi
  • sorba rendez, sor, vonal, egyenes, felsorakozik, szakasz, sorakozik, sorba állítHungarian
  • տողArmenian
  • línaIcelandic
  • 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
  • Korean
  • takiahoMāori
  • 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
  • linjeNorwegian
  • 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
  • mstariSwahili
  • వరస, గీతTelugu
  • guhitTagalog
  • hatTurkish
  • черга́Ukrainian
  • قطار, خطUrdu
  • Chinese

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. knead
    • B. aberrate
    • C. fluster
    • D. descant

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