[ UK /lˈa‍ɪn/ ]
[ US /ˈɫaɪn/ ]
  1. a mark that is long relative to its width
    He drew a line on the chart
  2. a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
  3. something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
    a washing line
  4. a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
    a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport
  5. a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
  6. a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
    they attacked the enemy's line
  7. the descendants of one individual
    his entire lineage has been warriors
  8. persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress
    `let me show you my etchings' is a rather worn line
    he has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it
    that salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk
  9. a particular kind of product or merchandise
    a nice line of shoes
  10. a short personal letter
    drop me a line when you get there
  11. text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
    the letter consisted of three short lines
    there are six lines in every stanza
  12. a formation of people or things one beside another
    they were arrayed in line of battle
    the cast stood in line for the curtain call
    the line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed
  13. in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
  14. a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  15. a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
  16. mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
  17. the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
  18. the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
  19. a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
  20. (often plural) a means of communication or access
    it must go through official channels
    lines of communication were set up between the two firms
  21. a connected series of events or actions or developments
    historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available
    the government took a firm course
  22. space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
  23. acting in conformity
    toe the line
    in line with
    he got out of line
  24. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
    he's not in my line of business
  25. a slight depression or fold in the smoothness of a surface
    ironing gets rid of most wrinkles
    his face has many lines
  26. a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
    I can't follow your line of reasoning
  27. a conceptual separation or distinction
    there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity
  28. a telephone connection
  29. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    she was humming an air from Beethoven
  30. a formation of people or things one behind another
    the line stretched clear around the corner
    you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter
  1. mark with lines
    sorrow had lined his face
  2. reinforce with fabric
    lined books are more enduring
  3. cover the interior of
    line the gloves
    line a chimney
  4. be in line with; form a line along
    trees line the riverbank
  5. make a mark or lines on a surface
    draw a line
    trace the outline of a figure in the sand
  6. fill plentifully
    line one's pockets
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How To Use line In A Sentence

  • This came out of an investigation he was carrying out into when a ternary quartic form could be represented as the sum of five fourth powers of linear forms.
  • People in no way adhere to regular social conventions online. Times, Sunday Times
  • Assuming that 15 pound breaking strain line is used, an angler using monofilament might have to use a six or eight ounce sinker and use a 20 lb class rod to carry that sinker weight.
  • Leaked Reports Detail Iran's Aid for Iraqi Militias," blared the headline on afront page story inThe New York Times, which went on to report on several incidents recounted in WikiLeaks documents that journalist Michael Gordon called "the shadow war between the United States and Iraqi militias backed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Ali Gharib: What Did WikiLeaks Really Tell Us About Iran?
  • The finishing line may be in sight but the final lap is shaping up to be an epic battle. Times, Sunday Times
  • It's that last part Buckley is singing about, but he probably should have considered penning a few lines to himself regarding the "musician gone too soon" part.
  • I could be wrong but as I recall in Batman Begins Batman 'growled' his lines just a few times but to very strong effect. All of The Dark Knight's Broken Records - Box Office Dominance! « FirstShowing.net
  • Hmm... a bit of Googling produces this short book review by Charles Solomon, which has the line: "As an essayist, Didion lacks the hyaline profundity of Susan Sontag or the classical erudition of Marguerite Yourcenar ... Making Light: Open thread 136
  • Harsh discipline was the child's lot, and they were often terrorized deliberately and, not infrequently, sexually abused.
  • For instance, a few weeks ago in my sports statistics class, I envisioned a type of graph that’s a combination boxplot and lineplot — instead of turning towards Excel, I coded a Mathematica module to create this type of graph and then automate the creation of many of these. Wolfram Blog : Get Your Game On for Mathematics Awareness Month!
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