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landline

[land-lahyn] /ˈlændˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
a circuit of wire or cable connecting two ground locations.
2.
a telecommunications line, service, or connection that uses wire running over land or underground to connect to a network:
telegraph and telephone landlines.
3.
Also called landline telephone, landline phone. a telephone that is connected by wire to a network.
4.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. a telephone.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; land + line1
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Word Origin and History for land-line

landline

n.

also land-line, 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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