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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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  • "I'll need a long rope," Neale had said to King, his lineman.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • It was only after a moment 92 that the lineman could be seen to gain.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • "Please do," said Dennison, inwardly abjuring the efficiency of the lineman who had already made repairs.

    Dennison Grant Robert Stead
  • Down these the lineman, stubborn and bleeding, drove a desperate way.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • “See if you can cut that wire,” went on the lineman eagerly.

  • "I'll inform you later," replied Neale, turning to the lineman.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • There's a lineman's house every twenty miles or so, and an operator every forty miles.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • He recalled the first appearance of the lineman in the library.

    Whispering Wires Henry Leverage
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lineman

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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