Land line

landline

[land-lahyn]
noun
1.
a circuit of wire or cable connecting two ground locations.
2.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. a telephone.

Origin:
1860–65; land + line1

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land line
 
n
a telecommunications wire or cable laid over land

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landline
by 1861, originally a telegraph wire run over land (as opposed to under sea); from land (n.) + line (n.). In modern use (by 1965), a telephone line which uses wire or some other material (distinguished from a radio or cellular line).
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