Definition of


  1. (noun, group) 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
  2. (noun, communication) a mark that is long relative to its width
  3. (noun, group) a formation of people or things one behind another
    you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter
  4. (noun, shape) a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
  5. (noun, communication) text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
    there are six lines in every stanza
  6. (noun, phenomenon) a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
  7. (noun, location) a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
  8. (noun, cognition) a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
  9. (noun, artifact) a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
  10. (noun, group) a connected series of events or actions or developments
    historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available
  11. (noun, location) a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  12. (noun, shape) a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
    ironing gets rid of most wrinkles
  13. (noun, artifact) a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
  14. (noun, artifact) the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
  15. (noun, artifact) a telephone connection
  16. (noun, act) acting in conformity
    he got out of line
    toe the line
  17. (noun, group) the descendants of one individual
  18. (noun, artifact) something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
  19. (noun, act) the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  20. (noun, location) in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
  21. (noun, communication) (often plural) a means of communication or access
    lines of communication were set up between the two firms
  22. (noun, artifact) a particular kind of product or merchandise
  23. (noun, artifact) a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
  24. (noun, quantity) space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
  25. (noun, possession) the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
  26. (noun, communication) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  27. (noun, communication) persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress
    he has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it
    that salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk
  28. (noun, communication) a short personal letter
  29. (noun, cognition) a conceptual separation or distinction
  30. (noun, artifact) mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
  31. (verb, stative) be in line with; form a line along
  32. (verb, contact) cover the interior of
    line a chimney
  33. (verb, contact) make a mark or lines on a surface
    trace the outline of a figure in the sand
  34. (verb, contact) mark with lines
  35. (verb, change) fill plentifully
  36. (verb, change) reinforce with fabric

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Alternate forms of Line

Derivations: line, lineal, lineation, liner, lining

Hyponyms: accountancy, accounting, aclinic line, actor's line, agonic line, airline, airline business, airway, apparent horizon, appointment, ascender, axis, babbitt, back channel, balkline, bar line, baseline, battle line, battlefront, baulk-line, becket, berth, billet, biz, bottom line, bound, boundary, branch line, by-line, calling, career, casuistry, catering, center line, centerline, chorus, chorus line, circumscribe, coax, coax cable, coaxial cable, confectionery, conga line, construct, consumer credit, contact, cord, course, craft, credit line, crest, crib, crisscross, cross hair, cross wire, crow's feet, crow's foot, curlicue, current, curve, curved shape, danger line, dateline, dermatoglyphic, descender, diagonal, digital subscriber line, divide, dotted line, dsl, edge, electrical cable, employment, excuse, face, family, family line, fanfare, farming, fault line, fiber optic cable, fibre optic cable, field line, file, finish line, finishing line, firing line, flight line, flourish, flow, folk, foul line, front, front line, frown line, gag line, game, gas line, geodesic, geodesic line, glissando, goal line, graduation, great circle, guideline, hairline, hatch, head, header, heading, heart line, hemline, hipline, horizon, hot line, idea, indian file, inscribe, inter-group communication, isarithm, isogonal line, isogone, isogonic line, isogram, isometric, isometric line, isopleth, itinerary, kinfolk, kinsfolk, land, land line, landline, laniard, lanyard, latitude, laugh line, ledger line, leger line, leitmotif, leitmotiv, lens, liaison, life line, lifeline, line of battle, line of destiny, line of fate, line of force, line of gab, line of heart, line of inquiry, line of latitude, line of life, line of march, line of poetry, line of questioning, line of saturn, line of scrimmage, line of sight, line of succession, line of verse, line of vision, linemen, lineup, link, love line, loxodrome, lunar latitude, magnetic equator, mainsheet, medium, melodic theme, mensal line, metier, mooring, mooring line, musical theme, office, oil pipeline, opening line, orphan, out of bounds, painter, parallel, parallel of latitude, part, parting, party line, path, patter, perimeter, photography, phratry, picket line, place, point of no return, policy, position, post, power cable, power line, printer cable, private line, profession, punch line, quadrant, quarter-circle, queue, railroad, railroad line, railway, railway line, railway system, rank, ratlin, ratline, red line, reline, rhumb, rhumb line, rim, rivet line, rope, roulade, route, row, rubicon, salt mine, scratch, scratch line, scrimmage line, sensible horizon, sept, serif, seriph, service line, shaft, sheet, shroud, side, sideline, signature, signature tune, single file, situation, skyline, snow line, sound bite, spectrum line, speech, spiel, sport, spot, spur, spur track, squiggle, staff line, start, starting line, steamship company, steamship line, straight line, strand, stream, string line, tack, tag line, theme, theme song, timber line, timberline, toll line, towing line, towing rope, towline, towrope, trace, track, trade, transit line, trap line, treadmill, tree line, trend line, trunk line, trunk route, tucket, verse, verse line, visible horizon, vocation, voice, waiting line, water level, water line, water parting, waterline, watermark, watershed, wats, wats line, weather sheet, words, work, write, yard line

Hypernyms: abidance, abstract thought, activity, area unit, artefact, artifact, carrier, common carrier, communicating, communication, compliance, conductor, conformation, conformity, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion, cover, credit, depression, differentiation, distinction, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, family tree, fill, fill up, form, formation, genealogy, impression, imprint, lie, location, logical thinking, make full, mark, mechanical system, merchandise, military position, music, nock, nonparticulate radiation, personal letter, persuasion, pipage, pipe, piping, position, print, product, reasoning, reenforce, reinforce, road, route, score, series, shape, square measure, suasion, text, textual matter, ware

Origin of the word Line

  1. from O.E. line "rope, row of letters," and from O.Fr. ligne, both from L. linea "linen thread, string, line," from phrase linea restis "linen cord," from fem. of lineus (adj.) "of linen," from linum "linen" (see linen). Oldest sense is "rope, cord, string;" extended 1382 to "a thread-like mark" (from sense "cord used by builders for mak… more
  2. "to cover the inner side of," late 14c., from O.E. lin "linen cloth" (see linen). Linen was frequently used in the Middle Ages as a second layer of material on the inner side of a garment. more

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