|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]|
|1.||a. material used to line a garment, curtain, etc|
|b. (as modifier): lining satin|
|2.||a material, such as mull or brown paper, used to strengthen the back of a book|
|3.||civil engineering a layer of concrete, brick, or timber, etc, used in canals to prevent them leaking or in tunnels or shafts to prevent them falling in|
|4.||any material used as an interior covering|
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.
|line (līn) Pronunciation Key
A geometric figure formed by a point moving in a fixed direction and in the reverse direction. The intersection of two planes is a line. ◇ The part of a line that lies between two points on the line is called a line segment.
see silver lining.