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[land-lahyn] /ˈlændˌlaɪn/
a circuit of wire or cable connecting two ground locations.
a telecommunications line, service, or connection that uses wire running over land or underground to connect to a network:
telegraph and telephone landlines.
Also called landline telephone, landline phone. a telephone that is connected by wire to a network.
Citizens Band Radio Slang. a telephone.
Origin of landline
1860-65; land + line1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Also avoid using landline phones, televisions, and other appliances that conduct electricity.
  • If your cellphone service is unreliable, find a place where you can speak from a landline.
  • Make sure to use a landline, because you don't want a dropped call.
  • But there was no way to call a landline or cellphone.
  • Contact your local landline telephone company to apply.
  • Federal law also governs key aspects of the wholesale landline telecommunications industry, such as interconnection agreements.
  • When moving, changing landline telephone number, or adding a landline telephone number.
  • Data are from a randomly selected sample of adults living in households with landline telephones.
Word Origin and History for landline

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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