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[lahyn-muh n] /ˈlaɪn mən/
noun, plural linemen.
Also, linesman. a person who installs or repairs telephone, telegraph, or other wires.
Football. one of the players in the line, as a center, guard, tackle, or end.
Surveying. a person who marks the positions of a survey mark with a range pole or the like.
Origin of lineman
1855-60; line1 + -man
Related forms
underlineman, noun, plural underlinemen.
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for lineman
  • Eventually they had to send an actual lineman out to resplice some bad connectors on the utility poles to solve our problem.
  • The hot apprentice must be working under the direct supervision of a journeyman lineman while performing hot work.
  • The lineman has his or her own preference in the type of belt and who manufactures it.
  • The electric department has four lineman, three power plant operators, and an electrician.
British Dictionary definitions for lineman


noun (pl) -men
another name for platelayer
a person who does the chaining, taping, or marking of points for a surveyor
(Austral & NZ) (formerly) the member of a beach life-saving team who controlled the line used to help drowning swimmers and surfers
(American football) a member of the row of players who start each down positioned on either side of the line of scrimmage
(US & Canadian) another word for linesman (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for lineman

1858, worker on telegraph (later telephone) lines, from line (n.) + man (n.).

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