|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|1.||a narrow continuous mark, as one made by a pencil, pen, or brush across a surface|
|2.||such a mark cut into or raised from a surface|
|3.||a thin indented mark or wrinkle|
|4.||a straight or curved continuous trace having no breadth that is produced by a moving point|
|a. any straight one-dimensional geometrical element whose identity is determined by two points. A line segment lies between any two points on a line|
|b. a set of points (x, y) that satisfies the equation y = mx + c, where m is the gradient and c is the intercept with the y-axis|
|6.||a border or boundary: the county line|
|a. a white or coloured band indicating a boundary or division on a field, track, etc|
|b. a mark or imaginary mark at which a race begins or ends|
|a. See line of scrimmage|
|b. the players arranged in a row on either side of the line of scrimmage at the start of each play|
|9.||a specified point of change or limit: the dividing line between sanity and madness|
|10.||a. the edge or contour of a shape, as in sculpture or architecture, or a mark on a painting, drawing, etc, defining or suggesting this|
|b. the sum or type of such contours or marks, characteristic of a style or design: the line of a draughtsman; the line of a building|
|11.||anything long, flexible, and thin, such as a wire or string: a washing line; a fishing line|
|12.||a telephone connection: a direct line to New York|
|13.||a. a conducting wire, cable, or circuit for making connections between pieces of electrical apparatus, such as a cable for electric-power transmission, telecommunications, etc|
|b. (as modifier): the line voltage|
|14.||a system of travel or transportation, esp over agreed routes: a shipping line|
|15.||a company operating such a system|
|16.||a route between two points on a railway|
|a. a railway track, including the roadbed, sleepers, etc|
|b. one of the rails of such a track|
|18.||(NZ) a roadway usually in a rural area|
|19.||a course or direction of movement or advance: the line of flight of a bullet|
|20.||a course or method of action, behaviour, etc: take a new line with him|
|21.||a policy or prescribed course of action or way of thinking (often in the phrases bringorcome into line)|
|22.||a field of study, interest, occupation, trade, or profession: this book is in your line|
|23.||alignment; true (esp in the phrases in line, out of line)|
|24.||one kind of product or article: a nice line in hats|
|25.||(NZ) a collection of bales of wool all of the one type|
|26.||a row of persons or things: a line of cakes on the conveyor belt|
|27.||a chronological or ancestral series, esp of people: a line of prime ministers|
|28.||a row of words printed or written across a page or column|
|29.||a unit of verse consisting of the number of feet appropriate to the metre being used and written or printed with the words in a single row|
|30.||a short letter; note: just a line to say thank you|
|31.||a piece of useful information or hint about something: give me a line on his work|
|32.||one of a number of narrow horizontal bands forming a television picture|
|33.||physics a narrow band in an electromagnetic spectrum, resulting from a transition in an atom, ion, or molecule of a gas or plasma|
|a. Compare space any of the five horizontal marks that make up the stave|
|b. the musical part or melody notated on one such set|
|c. a discernible shape formed by sequences of notes or musical sounds: a meandering melodic line|
|d. (in polyphonic music) a set of staves that are held together with a bracket or brace|
|35.||a unit of magnetic flux equal to 1 maxwell|
|36.||a defensive or fortified position, esp one that marks the most forward position in war or a national boundary: the front line|
|37.||line ahead, line abreast a formation adopted by a naval unit for manoeuvring|
|38.||a formation adopted by a body or a number of military units when drawn up abreast|
|39.||the combatant forces of certain armies and navies, excluding supporting arms|
|40.||fencing one of four divisions of the target on a fencer's body, considered as areas to which specific attacks are made|
|41.||the scent left by a fox|
|42.||a. the equator (esp in the phrase crossing the line)|
|b. any circle or arc on the terrestrial or celestial sphere|
|43.||the amount of insurance written by an underwriter for a particular risk|
|44.||(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): queue a line of people, vehicles, etc, waiting for something|
|45.||slang a portion of a powdered drug for snorting|
|46.||slang something said for effect, esp to solicit for money, sex, etc: he gave me his usual line|
|47.||above the line|
|a. accounting denoting entries above a horizontal line on a profit and loss account, separating those that establish the profit or loss from those that show how the profit is distributed|
|b. denoting revenue transactions rather than capital transactions in a nation's accounts|
|c. marketing expenditure on media advertising through an agency, rather than internally arranged advertising, such as direct mail, free samples, etc|
|d. bridge denoting bonus points, marked above the horizontal line on the score card|
|48.||below the line|
|a. accounting denoting entries below a horizontal line on a profit and loss account, separating those that establish the profit or loss from those that show how the profit is distributed|
|b. denoting capital transactions rather than revenue transactions in a nation's accounts|
|c. marketing denoting expenditure on advertising by other means than the traditional media, such as the provision of free gifts, special displays, direct mailshots, etc|
|d. bridge denoting points scored towards game and rubber, marked below the horizontal line on the score card|
|49.||all along the line|
|a. at every stage in a series|
|b. in every detail|
|50.||informal (Irish), (Austral) do a line to associate (with a person of the opposite sex) regularly; go out (with): he is doing a line with her|
|51.||draw the line to reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on): her father draws the line at her coming in after midnight|
|52.||informal get a line on to obtain information about|
|53.||hold the line|
|a. to keep a telephone line open|
|b. football to prevent the opponents from taking the ball forward|
|c. (of soldiers) to keep formation, as when under fire|
|54.||in line for in the running for; a candidate for: he's in line for a directorship|
|55.||in line with conforming to|
|56.||in the line of duty as a necessary and usually undesired part of the performance of one's responsibilities|
|57.||lay on the line, put on the line|
|a. to pay money|
|b. to speak frankly and directly|
|c. to risk (one's career, reputation, etc) on something|
|58.||informal shoot a line to try to create a false image, as by boasting or exaggerating|
|59.||step out of line to fail to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc|
|60.||toe the line to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc|
|61.||(tr) to mark with a line or lines|
|62.||(tr) to draw or represent with a line or lines|
|63.||(tr) to be or put as a border to: tulips lined the lawns|
|64.||to place in or form a row, series, or alignment|
|[C13: partly from Old French ligne, ultimately from Latin līnea, n use of līneus flaxen, from līnum flax; partly from Old English līn, ultimately also from Latin līnum flax]|
|1.||to attach an inside covering to (a garment, curtain, etc), as for protection, to hide the seaming, or so that it should hang well|
|2.||to cover or fit the inside of: to line the walls with books|
|3.||to fill plentifully: a purse lined with money|
|4.||to reinforce the back of (a book) with fabric, paper, etc|
|[C14: ultimately from Latin līnum flax, since linings were often made of linen]|
The path traced by a moving point.
A thin continuous mark, as that made by a pen, pencil, or brush applied to a surface.
A crease in the skin, especially on the face; a wrinkle.
In anatomy, a long narrow mark, strip, or streak distinguished from adjacent tissue by color, texture, or elevation.
A real or imaginary mark positioned in relation to fixed points of reference.
A border, boundary, or demarcation.
A contour or an outline.
A mark used to define a shape or represent a contour.
Any of the marks that make up the formal design of a picture.
A cable, rope, string, cord or wire.
A general method, manner, or course of procedure.
A manner or course of procedure determined by a specified factor.
An official or prescribed policy.
Ancestry or lineage.
A series of persons, especially from one family, who succeed each other.
lay on the line
Make ready for payment, as in They laid hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line to develop the new software. [c. 1900]
lay it on the line. Speak frankly and firmly, make something clear. For example, The professor laid it on the line: either hand in a term paper or fail the course. [c. 1920]
Put something at risk, as in The troops sent overseas were laying their lives on the line. [Mid-1900s]