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[in-lahyn, in-lahyn] /ˌɪnˈlaɪn, ˈɪnˌlaɪn/
(of an internal-combustion engine) having the cylinders ranged side by side in one or more rows along the crankshaft.
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[in-lahyn] /ˈɪnˌlaɪn/
noun, Printing.
an ornamented type with a line of white or of a contrasting color running just inside the edge and following the contour of each letter.
1920-25; in + line1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inline
  • inline highlighting of text and marginal commenting.
  • The rest was much inline with what has been suggested here.
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for the inline citations.
  • Rates have to get inline with people income growth expectation.
  • Users will be able to link outlines together, including them inline.
  • Now, they have been updated with an inline mic and controls.
  • There's an inline volume control and mute switch that allows you to quickly control those functions.
  • It welcomes traditional skaters and inline skaters on their wooden floor rink.
  • One of these is rollerblading, also known as inline skating.
  • inline mixing, two components arrive at tanker truck simultaneously.
British Dictionary definitions for inline


denoting a linked sequence of manufacturing processes
denoting an internal-combustion engine having its cylinders arranged in a line
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Word Origin and History for inline

1923 of printing, 1929 of engines, 1958 of computers, by 1989 of roller skates; from in + line (n.).

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inline in Technology
(Or "unfold") To replace a function call with an instance of the function's body. Actual argument expressions are substituted for formal parameters as in beta reduction. Inlining is usually done as a compile-time transformation.
If done recklessly (e.g. attempting to inline a recursive function) the compiler will fail to terminate. If done over-enthusiastically the code size may increase exponentially, e.g. if function f calls g twice, and g calls h twice and h is inlined in g which is inlined in f (in either order) then there will be four copies of h's body in f.
See also linear argument, unfold/fold.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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