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[leen; French leen-yuh] /lin; French ˈlin yə/
noun, plural lignes
[leenz; French leen-yuh] /linz; French ˈlin yə/ (Show IPA)
(in Swiss watchmaking) a unit equal to 0.0888 inch or 2.2558 millimeters, divided into 12 douziemes: used mainly to gauge the thickness of a movement.
line1 (def 44).
Origin of ligne
< French: line1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Made one last effort and came out in ligne de vol, as nearly as I could judge, about one hundred and fifty metres from the ground.

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  • Instead of coming out of it above and behind the German, when I pulled up in ligne de vol I was under him!

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  • Near Ath is the fine castle of Beloeil, the ancient seat of the princely family of ligne.

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