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      n  
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  
5      (Maths)  
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     
7      (Sport)  
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  
8      (American football)  
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  
17      (Chiefly Brit)  
a    a railway track, including the roadbed, sleepers, etc.  
b    one of the rails of such a track  
18      (N.Z.)   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 bring or come 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      (N.Z.)   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 of a gas  
34      (Music)  
a    any of the five horizontal marks that make up the stave  
   Compare       space       9  
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 or 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       a U.S. and Canadian word for       queue  
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-mail shots, 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    do a line (with)     (Irish and Austral)  
informal   to associate (with a person of the opposite sex) regularly; go out (with)  
he is doing a line with her     
51    draw the line (at)   to reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)  
her father draws the line at her coming in after midnight     
52    get a line on  
Informal   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 or 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    shoot a line  
Informal   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.  
      vb  
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,   (See also)        lines       line-up  
     (C13: partly from Old French ligne, ultimately from Latin linea, n use of lineus flaxen, from linum flax; partly from Old English lin, ultimately also from Latin linum flax)  
  linable, lineable      adj  
  lined      adj  
  linelike      adj  
  liny, liney      adj  
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line          [2]  
      vb   tr  
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 linum flax, since linings were often made of linen)  

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datum plane   , level, line         
      n     (Surveying)   the horizontal plane from which heights and depths are calculated  


aclinic line  
      n      another name for       magnetic equator  
     (C19: aclinic, from Greek aklines not bending, from a-1 + klinein to bend, lean)  
agonic line  
      n   an imaginary line on the surface of the earth connecting points of zero magnetic declination  
A-line  
      adj   (of a garment, esp. a skirt or dress) flaring slightly from the waist or shoulders  
assembly line  
      n   a sequence of machines, tools, operations, workers, etc., in a factory, arranged so that at each stage a further process is carried out  
bar line   , bar  
      n     (Music)   the vertical line marking the boundary between one bar and the next  
battle line  
      n  
1    the line along which troops are positioned for battle  
2    the battle lines are drawn   conflict or argument is about to occur between opposing people or groups  
baulk line   ,   (U.S.)   balk line         
      n     (Billiards)  
1      (Also called)    string line   a straight line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game  
2   
a    one of four lines parallel to the cushions dividing the table into a central panel and eight smaller ones (the baulks)  
b    a type of game using these lines as restrictions  
body-line  
      adj     (Cricket)   denoting or relating to fast bowling aimed at the batsman's body  
bottom line  
      n  
1    the last line of a financial statement that shows the net profit or loss of a company or organization  
2    the final outcome of a process, discussion, etc  
3    the most important or fundamental aspect of a situation  
branch line  
      n     (Railways)   a secondary route to a place or places not served by a main line  
building line  
      n   the boundary line along a street beyond which buildings must not project  
bush-line  
      n     (N.Z.)   the contour at which the growth of the bush ceases  
by-line  
      n  
1      (Journalism)   a line under the title of a newspaper or magazine article giving the author's name  
2      (Soccer)      another word for       touchline  
carriage line  
      n      another term for       coach line  
cell line  
      n     (Biology)   a cell culture derived from a single cell and thus of invariable genetic make-up  
clew line  
      n     (Nautical)   any of several lines fastened to the clews of a square sail and used for furling it  
club line  
      n     (Printing)      See       orphan       3  
coach line  
      n   a decorative line on the bodywork of a motor vehicle,   (Also called)    carriage line  
colour line  
      n   the social separation of racial groups within a community (esp. in the phrase to cross the colour line)  
contour line  
      n   a line on a map or chart joining points of equal height or depth,   (Often shortened to)    contour  
credit line  
      n  
1    an acknowledgment of origin or authorship, as in a newspaper or film  
2      (Also called)    line of credit     (U.S. and Canadian)   the maximum credit that a customer is allowed  
date line  
      n   often caps      short for       International Date Line  
dead-ball line  
      n     (Rugby)   a line not more than 22 metres behind the goal line at each end of the field beyond which the ball is out of play  
delay line  
      n   a device in which a known delay time is introduced in the transmission of a signal. An acoustic delay line delays a sound wave by circulating it through a liquid or solid medium  
DEW line  
      n acronym for   distant early warning line, a network of radar stations situated mainly in Arctic regions to give early warning of aircraft or missile attack on North America  
dotted line  
      n  
1    a line of dots or dashes on a form or document  
2    sign on the dotted line   to agree formally, esp. by signing one's name on a document  
fall line  
      n  
1      (Skiing)   the natural downward course between two points on a slope  
2    the edge of a plateau  
Fall Line  
      n   a natural junction, running parallel to the E coast of the U.S., between the hard rocks of the Appalachians and the softer coastal plain, along which rivers form falls and rapids  
fault line  
      n  
1      (Also called)    fault plane     (Geology)   the surface of a fault fracture along which the rocks have been displaced  
2    a potentially disruptive division or area of contention  
Europe remains the main fault line in the Tory Party     
firing line  
      n  
1      (Military)  
a    the positions from which fire is delivered  
b    the soldiers occupying these positions  
2    the leading or most advanced position in an activity  
firn line  
      n  
1      (Also called)    firn limit   the zone of a glacier between the lower region of solid ice and the upper region of névé, above which ablation occurs  
2    the snow line on a glacier  
flight line  
      n   an area of an airfield or airport on which aircraft, esp. military aircraft, are parked and serviced  
frame line  
      n     (Films)   a black horizontal bar appearing between successive picture images  
front line  
      n  
1      (Military)   the most advanced military units or elements in a battle  
2    the most advanced, exposed, or conspicuous element in any activity or situation  
3    modifier  
a    of, relating to, or suitable for the front line of a military formation  
frontline troops     
b    to the fore; advanced, conspicuous, etc.  
frontline news     
c    of or relating to a country bordering on or close to a hostile country or scene of armed conflict  
leaders of the frontline states attended the summit     
frost line  
      n  
1    the deepest point in the ground to which frost will penetrate  
2    the limit towards the equator beyond which frosts do not occur  
germ line  
      n   the lineage of cells culminating in the germ cells  
goal line  
      n     (Sport)   the line marking each end of the pitch, on which the goals stand  
hard line  
      n  
a    an uncompromising course or policy  
b      hardline   (as modifier)  
a hardline policy     
  hardliner      n  
Hindenburg line  
      n   a line of strong fortifications built by the German army near the Franco-Belgian border in 1916--17: breached by the Allies in August 1918  
     (C20: named after P. von Hindenburg)  
in-line  
      adj  
1    denoting a linked sequence of manufacturing processes  
2    denoting an internal-combustion engine having its cylinders arranged in a line  
in-line skate  
      n      another name for       Rollerblade  
International Date Line  
      n   the line approximately following the 180° meridian from Greenwich on the east side of which the date is one day earlier than on the west,   (Also called)    date line  
land line  
      n   a telecommunications wire or cable laid over land  
Lansker line  
      n   (in Pembrokeshire) the linguistic and ethnic division between the Welsh-speaking north and the English-speaking south  
     (C19: from Pembrokeshire dialect lansker boundary)  
lateral line system  
      n   a system of sensory organs in fishes and aquatic amphibians consisting of a series of cells on the head and along the sides of the body that detect pressure changes and vibrations  
lead line  
      n     (Nautical)   a length of line for swinging a lead, marked at various points to indicate multiples of fathoms  
ledger line  
      n  
1      (Music)   a short line placed above or below the staff to accommodate notes representing pitches above or below the staff  
2      (Angling)   a line using ledger tackle  
leger line  
      n      a variant spelling of       ledger line  
line          [1]  
      n  
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  
5      (Maths)  
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     
7      (Sport)  
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  
8      (American football)  
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  
17      (Chiefly Brit)  
a    a railway track, including the roadbed, sleepers, etc.  
b    one of the rails of such a track  
18      (N.Z.)   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 bring or come 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      (N.Z.)   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 of a gas  
34      (Music)  
a    any of the five horizontal marks that make up the stave  
   Compare       space       9  
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 or 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       a U.S. and Canadian word for       queue  
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-mail shots, 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    do a line (with)     (Irish and Austral)  
informal   to associate (with a person of the opposite sex) regularly; go out (with)  
he is doing a line with her     
51    draw the line (at)   to reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)  
her father draws the line at her coming in after midnight     
52    get a line on  
Informal   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 or 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    shoot a line  
Informal   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.  
      vb  
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,   (See also)        lines       line-up  
     (C13: partly from Old French ligne, ultimately from Latin linea, n use of lineus flaxen, from linum flax; partly from Old English lin, ultimately also from Latin linum flax)  
  linable, lineable      adj  
  lined      adj  
  linelike      adj  
  liny, liney      adj  
line          [2]  
      vb   tr  
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 linum flax, since linings were often made of linen)  
line block  
      n   a letterpress printing block made by a photoengraving process without the use of a screen  
line breeding  
      n   selective inbreeding that produces individuals possessing one or more of the favourable characteristics of their common ancestor  
line call  
      n     (Tennis)   the judgment of the umpire or linesman as to whether the ball has landed in or out of court  
line composition  
      n     (Printing)   type produced on a linecaster  
line dancing  
      n   a form of dancing performed by rows of people to country and western music  
line drawing  
      n   a drawing made with lines only, gradations in tone being provided by the spacing and thickness of the lines  
line-engraving  
      n  
1    the art or process of hand-engraving in intaglio and copper plate  
2    a plate so engraved  
3    a print taken from such a plate  
  line-engraver      n  
Line Islands  
      pl n   a group of coral islands in the central Pacific, including Tabuaeran, Teraina, and Kiritimati: part of Kiribati, with Palmyra and Jarvis administered by the U.S.  
line management  
      n     (Commerce)   those managers in an organization who are responsible for the main activity or product of the organization, as distinct from those, such as transport, accounting, or personnel, who provide services to the line management  
  line manager      n  
line of battle  
      n   a formation adopted by a military or naval force when preparing for action  
line of credit  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)      another name for       credit line  
line of fire  
      n   the flight path of a missile discharged or to be discharged from a firearm  
line of force  
      n   a line in a field of force, such as an electric or magnetic field, for which the tangent at any point is the direction of the force at that point  
line of scrimmage  
      n     (American football)   an imaginary line, parallel to the goal lines, on which the ball is placed at the start of a down and on either side of which the offense and defense line up  
line of sight  
      n  
1    the straight line along which an observer looks or a beam of radiation travels  
2      (Ophthalmol)      another term for       line of vision  
line of vision  
      n     (Ophthalmol)   a straight line extending from the fovea centralis of the eye to an object on which the eye is focused,   (Also called)    line of sight  
line-out  
      n     (Rugby Union)   the method of restarting play when the ball goes into touch, the forwards forming two parallel lines at right angles to the touchline and jumping for the ball when it is thrown in  
line printer  
      n   an electromechanical device that prints a line of characters at a time rather than a character at a time, at speeds from about 200 to 3000 lines per minute: used in printing and in computer systems  
line squall  
      n   a squall or series of squalls along a cold front  
line-up  
      n  
1    a row or arrangement of people or things assembled for a particular purpose  
the line-up for the football match     
2    the members of such a row or arrangement  
3    an identity parade  
      vb  
  line up   adv  
4    to form, put into, or organize a line-up  
5    tr   to produce, organize, and assemble  
they lined up some questions     
6    tr   to align  
load line  
      n     (Nautical)   a pattern of lines painted on the hull of a ship, approximately midway between the bow and the stern, indicating the various levels that the waterline should reach if the ship is properly loaded under given circumstances  
lubber line  
      n   a mark on a ship's compass that designates the fore-and-aft axis of the vessel,   (Also called)    lubbers line  
Maginot line     (French)  
      n  
1    a line of fortifications built by France to defend its border with Germany prior to World War II; it proved ineffective against the German invasion  
2    any line of defence in which blind confidence is placed  
     (named after André Maginot (1877--1932), French minister of war when the fortifications were begun in 1929)  
main line  
      n  
1      (Railways)  
a    the trunk route between two points, usually fed by branch lines  
b    (as modifier)  
a main-line station     
2      (U.S.)   a main road  
      vb  
  mainline  
3    intr  
Slang   to inject a drug into a vein  
      adj  
  mainline  
4    having an important position, esp. having responsibility for the main areas of activity  
  mainliner      n  
Mason-Dixon Line   , Mason and Dixon Line  
      n   the state boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania: surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon; popularly regarded as the dividing line between North and South, esp. between the free and the slave states before the American Civil War  
number line  
      n   an infinite line on which points represent the real numbers by their distance from a reference point  
Oder-Neisse Line  
      n   the present-day boundary between Germany and Poland along the Rivers Oder and Neisse. Established in 1945, it originally separated the Soviet Zone of Germany from the regions under Polish administration  
off line  
      adj   off-line when prenominal  
1    of, relating to, or concerned with a part of a computer system not connected to the central processing unit but controlled by a computer storage device  
   Compare       on line  
2    disconnected from a computer; switched off  
3    extra to or not involving a continuous sequence of operations, such as a production line  
4      (Radio, television)   (of processes, such as editing) not carried out on the actual transmission medium  
old-line  
      adj  
1      (U.S. and Canadian)   conservative; old-fashioned  
2    well-established; traditional  
  old-liner      n  
on line  
      adj   on-line when prenominal  
1    of, relating to, or concerned with a peripheral device that is directly connected to and controlled by the central processing unit of a computer  
2    occurring as part of, or involving, a continuous sequence of operations, such as a production line,   (Compare)        off line  
party line  
      n  
1    a telephone line serving two or more subscribers  
2    the policies or dogma of a political party, to which all members are expected to subscribe  
3      (Chiefly U.S.)   the boundary between adjoining property  
picket line  
      n   a line of people acting as pickets  
Plimsoll line  
      n      another name for       load line  
     (C19: named after Samuel Plimsoll (1824--98), MP, who advocated its adoption)  
plumb line  
      n  
1    a string with a metal weight at one end that, when suspended, points directly towards the earth's centre of gravity and so is used to determine verticality, the depth of water, etc.  
2       another name for       plumb rule  
power line  
      n   a set of conductors used to transmit and distribute electrical energy,   (Sometimes shortened to)    line         
production line  
      n   a factory system in which parts or components of the end product are transported by a conveyor through a number of different sites at each of which a manual or machine operation is performed on them without interrupting the flow of production  
product line  
      n     (Marketing)   a group of related products marketed by the same company  
punch line  
      n   the culminating part of a joke, funny story, etc., that gives it its humorous or dramatic point  
pure line  
      n   a breed or strain of animals or plants in which certain characters appear in successive generations as a result of inbreeding or self-fertilization  
rhumb line  
      n  
1    an imaginary line on the surface of a sphere, such as the earth, that intersects all meridians at the same angle  
2    the course navigated by a vessel or aircraft that maintains a uniform compass heading,   (Often shortened to)    rhumb  
     (C16: from Old Spanish rumbo, apparently from Middle Dutch ruum space, ship's hold, but also influenced by Latin rhombus)  
service line  
      n     (in certain racket games)  
1    the line at the back of the court behind which the server must stand when serving  
2    a line indicating the boundary of a permissible service, as on the backwall of a squash court  
ship of the line  
      n     (Nautical)   (formerly) a warship large enough to fight in the first line of battle  
Siegfried line  
      n   the line of fortifications built by the Germans prior to and during World War II opposite the Maginot line in France  
six-yard line  
      n     (Soccer)   the line marking the limits of the goal area  
snow line  
      n   the altitudinal or latitudinal limit of permanent snow  
soft line  
      n   a moderate flexible attitude or policy  
  soft-liner      n  
sounding line  
      n   a line marked off to indicate its length and having a sounding lead at one end. It is dropped over the side of a vessel to determine the depth of the water  
squall line  
      n   a narrow zone along a cold front along which squalls occur  
   See also       line squall  
static line  
      n   a line attaching the pack of a parachute to an aircraft, so that the parachute is opened when it has fallen clear of the aircraft  
story line  
      n   the plot of a book, film, play, etc.  
straight-line  
      n   modifier  
1    (of a machine) having components that are arranged in a row or that move in a straight line when in operation  
2    of or relating to a method of depreciation whereby equal charges are made against gross profit for each year of an asset's expected life  
string line  
      n     (Billiards)      another name for       baulk line       1  
three-line whip  
      n      See       whip       20c  
tie line  
      n   a telephone line between two private branch exchanges or private exchanges that may or may not pass through a main exchange  
timber line  
      n   the altitudinal or latitudinal limit of normal tree growth  
   See also       tree line  
transmission line  
      n   a coaxial cable, waveguide, or other system of conductors that transfers electrical signals from one location to another,   (Sometimes shortened to)    line         
tree line  
      n   the zone, at high altitudes or high latitudes, beyond which no trees grow. Trees growing between the timber line and the tree line are typically stunted  
trunk line  
      n  
1    a direct link between two telephone exchanges or switchboards that are a considerable distance apart  
2    the main route or routes on a railway  
two-line  
      n   modifier   (formerly) denoting double the normal size of printer's type  
two-line pica (24 point)     
Wallace's line  
      n   the hypothetical boundary between the Oriental and Australasian zoogeographical regions, which runs between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok, through the Macassar Strait, and SE of the Philippines  
     (C20: named after A. R. Wallace)  
water line  
      n  
1    a line marked at the level around a vessel's hull to which the vessel will be immersed when afloat  
2    a line marking the level reached by a body of water  
white line  
      n  
1    a line or strip of white in the centre of a road to separate traffic going in different directions  
2    a white lamination in the hoof of a horse  
world-line  
      n     (Physics)   a line on a space--time path that shows the path of a body  
yellow line  
      n     (Brit)   a yellow line painted along the edge of a road indicating waiting restrictions  

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equinoctial circle   , line         
      n      another name for       celestial equator  


aclinic line  
      n      another name for       magnetic equator  
     (C19: aclinic, from Greek aklines not bending, from a-1 + klinein to bend, lean)  
agonic line  
      n   an imaginary line on the surface of the earth connecting points of zero magnetic declination  
A-line  
      adj   (of a garment, esp. a skirt or dress) flaring slightly from the waist or shoulders  
assembly line  
      n   a sequence of machines, tools, operations, workers, etc., in a factory, arranged so that at each stage a further process is carried out  
bar line   , bar  
      n     (Music)   the vertical line marking the boundary between one bar and the next  
battle line  
      n  
1    the line along which troops are positioned for battle  
2    the battle lines are drawn   conflict or argument is about to occur between opposing people or groups  
baulk line   ,   (U.S.)   balk line  
      n     (Billiards)  
1      (Also called)    string line   a straight line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game  
2   
a    one of four lines parallel to the cushions dividing the table into a central panel and eight smaller ones (the baulks)  
b    a type of game using these lines as restrictions  
body-line  
      adj     (Cricket)   denoting or relating to fast bowling aimed at the batsman's body  
bottom line  
      n  
1    the last line of a financial statement that shows the net profit or loss of a company or organization  
2    the final outcome of a process, discussion, etc  
3    the most important or fundamental aspect of a situation  
branch line  
      n     (Railways)   a secondary route to a place or places not served by a main line  
building line  
      n   the boundary line along a street beyond which buildings must not project  
bush-line  
      n     (N.Z.)   the contour at which the growth of the bush ceases  
by-line  
      n  
1      (Journalism)   a line under the title of a newspaper or magazine article giving the author's name  
2      (Soccer)      another word for       touchline  
carriage line  
      n      another term for       coach line  
cell line  
      n     (Biology)   a cell culture derived from a single cell and thus of invariable genetic make-up  
clew line  
      n     (Nautical)   any of several lines fastened to the clews of a square sail and used for furling it  
club line  
      n     (Printing)      See       orphan       3  
coach line  
      n   a decorative line on the bodywork of a motor vehicle,   (Also called)    carriage line  
colour line  
      n   the social separation of racial groups within a community (esp. in the phrase to cross the colour line)  
contour line  
      n   a line on a map or chart joining points of equal height or depth,   (Often shortened to)    contour  
credit line  
      n  
1    an acknowledgment of origin or authorship, as in a newspaper or film  
2      (Also called)    line of credit     (U.S. and Canadian)   the maximum credit that a customer is allowed  
date line  
      n   often caps      short for       International Date Line  
dead-ball line  
      n     (Rugby)   a line not more than 22 metres behind the goal line at each end of the field beyond which the ball is out of play  
delay line  
      n   a device in which a known delay time is introduced in the transmission of a signal. An acoustic delay line delays a sound wave by circulating it through a liquid or solid medium  
DEW line  
      n acronym for   distant early warning line, a network of radar stations situated mainly in Arctic regions to give early warning of aircraft or missile attack on North America  
dotted line  
      n  
1    a line of dots or dashes on a form or document  
2    sign on the dotted line   to agree formally, esp. by signing one's name on a document  
fall line  
      n  
1      (Skiing)   the natural downward course between two points on a slope  
2    the edge of a plateau  
Fall Line  
      n   a natural junction, running parallel to the E coast of the U.S., between the hard rocks of the Appalachians and the softer coastal plain, along which rivers form falls and rapids  
fault line  
      n  
1      (Also called)    fault plane     (Geology)   the surface of a fault fracture along which the rocks have been displaced  
2    a potentially disruptive division or area of contention  
Europe remains the main fault line in the Tory Party     
firing line  
      n  
1      (Military)  
a    the positions from which fire is delivered  
b    the soldiers occupying these positions  
2    the leading or most advanced position in an activity  
firn line  
      n  
1      (Also called)    firn limit   the zone of a glacier between the lower region of solid ice and the upper region of névé, above which ablation occurs  
2    the snow line on a glacier  
flight line  
      n   an area of an airfield or airport on which aircraft, esp. military aircraft, are parked and serviced  
frame line  
      n     (Films)   a black horizontal bar appearing between successive picture images  
front line  
      n  
1      (Military)   the most advanced military units or elements in a battle  
2    the most advanced, exposed, or conspicuous element in any activity or situation  
3    modifier  
a    of, relating to, or suitable for the front line of a military formation  
frontline troops     
b    to the fore; advanced, conspicuous, etc.  
frontline news     
c    of or relating to a country bordering on or close to a hostile country or scene of armed conflict  
leaders of the frontline states attended the summit     
frost line  
      n  
1    the deepest point in the ground to which frost will penetrate  
2    the limit towards the equator beyond which frosts do not occur  
germ line  
      n   the lineage of cells culminating in the germ cells  
goal line  
      n     (Sport)   the line marking each end of the pitch, on which the goals stand  
hard line  
      n  
a    an uncompromising course or policy  
b      hardline   (as modifier)  
a hardline policy     
  hardliner      n  
Hindenburg line  
      n   a line of strong fortifications built by the German army near the Franco-Belgian border in 1916--17: breached by the Allies in August 1918  
     (C20: named after P. von Hindenburg)  
in-line  
      adj  
1    denoting a linked sequence of manufacturing processes  
2    denoting an internal-combustion engine having its cylinders arranged in a line  
in-line skate  
      n      another name for       Rollerblade  
International Date Line  
      n   the line approximately following the 180° meridian from Greenwich on the east side of which the date is one day earlier than on the west,   (Also called)    date line  
land line  
      n   a telecommunications wire or cable laid over land  
Lansker line  
      n   (in Pembrokeshire) the linguistic and ethnic division between the Welsh-speaking north and the English-speaking south  
     (C19: from Pembrokeshire dialect lansker boundary)  
lateral line system  
      n   a system of sensory organs in fishes and aquatic amphibians consisting of a series of cells on the head and along the sides of the body that detect pressure changes and vibrations  
lead line  
      n     (Nautical)   a length of line for swinging a lead, marked at various points to indicate multiples of fathoms  
ledger line  
      n  
1      (Music)   a short line placed above or below the staff to accommodate notes representing pitches above or below the staff  
2      (Angling)   a line using ledger tackle  
leger line  
      n      a variant spelling of       ledger line  
line          [1]  
      n  
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  
5      (Maths)  
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     
7      (Sport)  
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  
8      (American football)  
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  
17      (Chiefly Brit)  
a    a railway track, including the roadbed, sleepers, etc.  
b    one of the rails of such a track  
18      (N.Z.)   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 bring or come 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      (N.Z.)   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 of a gas  
34      (Music)  
a    any of the five horizontal marks that make up the stave  
   Compare       space       9  
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 or 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       a U.S. and Canadian word for       queue  
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-mail shots, 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    do a line (with)     (Irish and Austral)  
informal   to associate (with a person of the opposite sex) regularly; go out (with)  
he is doing a line with her     
51    draw the line (at)   to reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)  
her father draws the line at her coming in after midnight     
52    get a line on  
Informal   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 or 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    shoot a line  
Informal   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.  
      vb  
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,   (See also)        lines       line-up  
     (C13: partly from Old French ligne, ultimately from Latin linea, n use of lineus flaxen, from linum flax; partly from Old English lin, ultimately also from Latin linum flax)  
  linable, lineable      adj  
  lined      adj  
  linelike      adj  
  liny, liney      adj  
line          [2]  
      vb   tr  
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 linum flax, since linings were often made of linen)  
line block  
      n   a letterpress printing block made by a photoengraving process without the use of a screen  
line breeding  
      n   selective inbreeding that produces individuals possessing one or more of the favourable characteristics of their common ancestor  
line call  
      n     (Tennis)   the judgment of the umpire or linesman as to whether the ball has landed in or out of court  
line composition  
      n     (Printing)   type produced on a linecaster  
line dancing  
      n   a form of dancing performed by rows of people to country and western music  
line drawing  
      n   a drawing made with lines only, gradations in tone being provided by the spacing and thickness of the lines  
line-engraving  
      n  
1    the art or process of hand-engraving in intaglio and copper plate  
2    a plate so engraved  
3    a print taken from such a plate  
  line-engraver      n  
Line Islands  
      pl n   a group of coral islands in the central Pacific, including Tabuaeran, Teraina, and Kiritimati: part of Kiribati, with Palmyra and Jarvis administered by the U.S.  
line management  
      n     (Commerce)   those managers in an organization who are responsible for the main activity or product of the organization, as distinct from those, such as transport, accounting, or personnel, who provide services to the line management  
  line manager      n  
line of battle  
      n   a formation adopted by a military or naval force when preparing for action  
line of credit  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)      another name for       credit line  
line of fire  
      n   the flight path of a missile discharged or to be discharged from a firearm  
line of force  
      n   a line in a field of force, such as an electric or magnetic field, for which the tangent at any point is the direction of the force at that point  
line of scrimmage  
      n     (American football)   an imaginary line, parallel to the goal lines, on which the ball is placed at the start of a down and on either side of which the offense and defense line up  
line of sight  
      n  
1    the straight line along which an observer looks or a beam of radiation travels  
2      (Ophthalmol)      another term for       line of vision  
line of vision  
      n     (Ophthalmol)   a straight line extending from the fovea centralis of the eye to an object on which the eye is focused,   (Also called)    line of sight  
line-out  
      n     (Rugby Union)   the method of restarting play when the ball goes into touch, the forwards forming two parallel lines at right angles to the touchline and jumping for the ball when it is thrown in  
line printer  
      n   an electromechanical device that prints a line of characters at a time rather than a character at a time, at speeds from about 200 to 3000 lines per minute: used in printing and in computer systems  
line squall  
      n   a squall or series of squalls along a cold front  
line-up  
      n  
1    a row or arrangement of people or things assembled for a particular purpose  
the line-up for the football match     
2    the members of such a row or arrangement  
3    an identity parade  
      vb  
  line up   adv  
4    to form, put into, or organize a line-up  
5    tr   to produce, organize, and assemble  
they lined up some questions     
6    tr   to align  
load line  
      n     (Nautical)   a pattern of lines painted on the hull of a ship, approximately midway between the bow and the stern, indicating the various levels that the waterline should reach if the ship is properly loaded under given circumstances  
lubber line  
      n   a mark on a ship's compass that designates the fore-and-aft axis of the vessel,   (Also called)    lubbers line  
Maginot line     (French)  
      n  
1    a line of fortifications built by France to defend its border with Germany prior to World War II; it proved ineffective against the German invasion  
2    any line of defence in which blind confidence is placed  
     (named after André Maginot (1877--1932), French minister of war when the fortifications were begun in 1929)  
main line  
      n  
1      (Railways)  
a    the trunk route between two points, usually fed by branch lines  
b    (as modifier)  
a main-line station     
2      (U.S.)   a main road  
      vb  
  mainline  
3    intr  
Slang   to inject a drug into a vein  
      adj  
  mainline  
4    having an important position, esp. having responsibility for the main areas of activity  
  mainliner      n  
Mason-Dixon Line   , Mason and Dixon Line         
      n   the state boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania: surveyed between 1763 and 1767 by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon; popularly regarded as the dividing line between North and South, esp. between the free and the slave states before the American Civil War  
number line  
      n   an infinite line on which points represent the real numbers by their distance from a reference point  
Oder-Neisse Line  
      n   the present-day boundary between Germany and Poland along the Rivers Oder and Neisse. Established in 1945, it originally separated the Soviet Zone of Germany from the regions under Polish administration  
off line  
      adj   off-line when prenominal  
1    of, relating to, or concerned with a part of a computer system not connected to the central processing unit but controlled by a computer storage device  
   Compare       on line  
2    disconnected from a computer; switched off  
3    extra to or not involving a continuous sequence of operations, such as a production line  
4      (Radio, television)   (of processes, such as editing) not carried out on the actual transmission medium  
old-line  
      adj  
1      (U.S. and Canadian)   conservative; old-fashioned  
2    well-established; traditional  
  old-liner      n  
on line  
      adj   on-line when prenominal  
1    of, relating to, or concerned with a peripheral device that is directly connected to and controlled by the central processing unit of a computer  
2    occurring as part of, or involving, a continuous sequence of operations, such as a production line,   (Compare)        off line  
party line  
      n  
1    a telephone line serving two or more subscribers  
2    the policies or dogma of a political party, to which all members are expected to subscribe  
3      (Chiefly U.S.)   the boundary between adjoining property  
picket line  
      n   a line of people acting as pickets  
Plimsoll line  
      n      another name for       load line  
     (C19: named after Samuel Plimsoll (1824--98), MP, who advocated its adoption)  
plumb line  
      n  
1    a string with a metal weight at one end that, when suspended, points directly towards the earth's centre of gravity and so is used to determine verticality, the depth of water, etc.  
2       another name for       plumb rule  
power line  
      n   a set of conductors used to transmit and distribute electrical energy,   (Sometimes shortened to)    line         
production line  
      n   a factory system in which parts or components of the end product are transported by a conveyor through a number of different sites at each of which a manual or machine operation is performed on them without interrupting the flow of production  
product line  
      n     (Marketing)   a group of related products marketed by the same company  
punch line  
      n   the culminating part of a joke, funny story, etc., that gives it its humorous or dramatic point  
pure line  
      n   a breed or strain of animals or plants in which certain characters appear in successive generations as a result of inbreeding or self-fertilization  
rhumb line  
      n  
1    an imaginary line on the surface of a sphere, such as the earth, that intersects all meridians at the same angle  
2    the course navigated by a vessel or aircraft that maintains a uniform compass heading,   (Often shortened to)    rhumb  
     (C16: from Old Spanish rumbo, apparently from Middle Dutch ruum space, ship's hold, but also influenced by Latin rhombus)  
service line  
      n     (in certain racket games)  
1    the line at the back of the court behind which the server must stand when serving  
2    a line indicating the boundary of a permissible service, as on the backwall of a squash court  
ship of the line  
      n     (Nautical)   (formerly) a warship large enough to fight in the first line of battle  
Siegfried line  
      n   the line of fortifications built by the Germans prior to and during World War II opposite the Maginot line in France  
six-yard line  
      n     (Soccer)   the line marking the limits of the goal area  
snow line  
      n   the altitudinal or latitudinal limit of permanent snow  
soft line  
      n   a moderate flexible attitude or policy  
  soft-liner      n  
sounding line  
      n   a line marked off to indicate its length and having a sounding lead at one end. It is dropped over the side of a vessel to determine the depth of the water  
squall line  
      n   a narrow zone along a cold front along which squalls occur  
   See also       line squall  
static line  
      n   a line attaching the pack of a parachute to an aircraft, so that the parachute is opened when it has fallen clear of the aircraft  
story line  
      n   the plot of a book, film, play, etc.  
straight-line  
      n   modifier  
1    (of a machine) having components that are arranged in a row or that move in a straight line when in operation  
2    of or relating to a method of depreciation whereby equal charges are made against gross profit for each year of an asset's expected life  
string line  
      n     (Billiards)      another name for       baulk line       1  
three-line whip  
      n      See       whip       20c  
tie line  
      n   a telephone line between two private branch exchanges or private exchanges that may or may not pass through a main exchange  
timber line  
      n   the altitudinal or latitudinal limit of normal tree growth  
   See also       tree line  
transmission line  
      n   a coaxial cable, waveguide, or other system of conductors that transfers electrical signals from one location to another,   (Sometimes shortened to)    line         
tree line  
      n   the zone, at high altitudes or high latitudes, beyond which no trees grow. Trees growing between the timber line and the tree line are typically stunted  
trunk line  
      n  
1    a direct link between two telephone exchanges or switchboards that are a considerable distance apart  
2    the main route or routes on a railway  
two-line  
      n   modifier   (formerly) denoting double the normal size of printer's type  
two-line pica (24 point)     
Wallace's line  
      n   the hypothetical boundary between the Oriental and Australasian zoogeographical regions, which runs between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok, through the Macassar Strait, and SE of the Philippines  
     (C20: named after A. R. Wallace)  
water line  
      n  
1    a line marked at the level around a vessel's hull to which the vessel will be immersed when afloat  
2    a line marking the level reached by a body of water  
white line  
      n  
1    a line or strip of white in the centre of a road to separate traffic going in different directions  
2    a white lamination in the hoof of a horse  
world-line  
      n     (Physics)   a line on a space--time path that shows the path of a body  
yellow line  
      n     (Brit)   a yellow line painted along the edge of a road indicating waiting restrictions  

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power line  
      n   a set of conductors used to transmit and distribute electrical energy,   (Sometimes shortened to)    line         


aclinic line  
      n      another name for       magnetic equator  
     (C19: aclinic, from Greek aklines not bending, from a-1 + klinein to bend, lean)  
agonic line  
      n   an imaginary line on the surface of the earth connecting points of zero magnetic declination  
A-line  
      adj   (of a garment, esp. a skirt or dress) flaring slightly from the waist or shoulders  
assembly line  
      n   a sequence of machines, tools, operations, workers, etc., in a factory, arranged so that at each stage a further process is carried out  
bar line   , bar  
      n     (Music)   the vertical line marking the boundary between one bar and the next         
battle line  
      n  
1    the line along which troops are positioned for battle  
2    the battle lines are drawn   conflict or argument is about to occur between opposing people or groups  
baulk line   ,   (U.S.)   balk line  
      n     (Billiards)  
1      (Also called)    string line   a straight line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game  
2   
a    one of four lines parallel to the cushions dividing the table into a central panel and eight smaller ones (the baulks)  
b    a type of game using these lines as restrictions  
body-line  
      adj     (Cricket)   denoting or relating to fast bowling aimed at the batsman's body  
bottom line  
      n  
1    the last line of a financial statement that shows the net profit or loss of a company or organization  
2    the final outcome of a process, discussion, etc  
3    the most important or fundamental aspect of a situation  
branch line  
      n     (Railways)   a secondary route to a place or places not served by a main line  
building line  
      n   the boundary line along a street beyond which buildings must not project  
bush-line  
      n     (N.Z.)   the contour at which the growth of the bush ceases  
by-line  
      n  
1      (Journalism)   a line under the title of a newspaper or magazine article giving the author's name         
2      (Soccer)      another word for       touchline  
carriage line  
      n      another term for        coach line         
cell line  
      n     (Biology)   a cell culture derived from a single cell and thus of invariable genetic make-up  
clew line  
      n     (Nautical)   any of several lines fastened to the clews of a square sail and used for furling it  
club line  
      n     (Printing)      See       orphan       3  
coach line  
      n   a decorative line on the bodywork of a motor vehicle,   (Also called)    carriage line         
colour line  
      n   the social separation of racial groups within a community (esp. in the phrase to cross the colour line)  
contour line  
      n   a line on a map or chart joining points of equal height or depth,   (Often shortened to)    contour  
credit line  
      n  
1    an acknowledgment of origin or authorship, as in a newspaper or film  
2      (Also called)    line of credit     (U.S. and Canadian)   the maximum credit that a customer is allowed  
date line  
      n   often caps      short for       International Date Line  
dead-ball line  
      n     (Rugby)   a line not more than 22 metres behind the goal line at each end of the field beyond which the ball is out of play  
delay line  
      n   a device in which a known delay time is introduced in the transmission of a signal. An acoustic delay line delays a sound wave by circulating it through a liquid or solid medium  
DEW line  
      n acronym for   distant early warning line, a network of radar stations situated mainly in Arctic regions to give early warning of aircraft or missile attack on North America  
dotted line  
      n  
1    a line of dots or dashes on a form or document  
2    sign on the dotted line   to agree formally, esp. by signing one's name on a document  
fall line  
      n  
1      (Skiing)   the natural downward course between two points on a slope  
2    the edge of a plateau  
Fall Line  
      n   a natural junction, running parallel to the E coast of the U.S., between the hard rocks of the Appalachians and the softer coastal plain, along which rivers form falls and rapids  
fault line  
      n  
1      (Also called)    fault plane     (Geology)   the surface of a fault fracture along which the rocks have been displaced  
2    a potentially disruptive division or area of contention  
Europe remains the main fault line in the Tory Party     
firing line  
      n  
1      (Military)  
a    the positions from which fire is delivered  
b    the soldiers occupying these positions  
2    the leading or most advanced position in an activity  
firn line  
      n  
1      (Also called)    firn limit   the zone of a glacier between the lower region of solid ice and the upper region of névé, above which ablation occurs  
2    the snow line on a glacier  
flight line  
      n   an area of an airfield or airport on which aircraft, esp. military aircraft, are parked and serviced  
frame line  
      n     (Films)   a black horizontal bar appearing between successive picture images  
front line  
      n  
1      (Military)   the most advanced military units or elements in a battle  
2    the most advanced, exposed, or conspicuous element in any activity or situation  
3    modifier  
a    of, relating to, or suitable for the front line of a military formation  
frontline troops     
b    to the fore; advanced, conspicuous, etc.  
frontline news     
c    of or relating to a country bordering on or close to a hostile country or scene of armed conflict  
leaders of the frontline states attended the summit     
frost line  
      n  
1    the deepest point in the ground to which frost will penetrate  
2    the limit towards the equator beyond which frosts do not occur  
germ line  
      n   the lineage of cells culminating in the germ cells  
goal line  
      n     (Sport)   the line marking each end of the pitch, on which the goals stand  
hard line  
      n  
a    an uncompromising course or policy  
b      hardline   (as modifier)  
a hardline policy     
  hardliner      n  
Hindenburg line  
      n   a line of strong fortifications built by the German army near the Franco-Belgian border in 1916--17: breached by the Allies in August 1918  
     (C20: named after P. von Hindenburg)  
in-line  
      adj  
1    denoting a linked sequence of manufacturing processes  
2    denoting an internal-combustion engine having its cylinders arranged in a line  
in-line skate  
      n      another name for       Rollerblade  
International Date Line  
      n   the line approximately following the 180° meridian from Greenwich on the east side of which the date is one day earlier than on the west,   (Also called)    date line         
land line  
      n   a telecommunications wire or cable laid over land  
Lansker line  
      n   (in Pembrokeshire) the linguistic and ethnic division between the Welsh-speaking north and the English-speaking south  
     (C19: from Pembrokeshire dialect lansker boundary)  
lateral line system  
      n   a system of sensory organs in fishes and aquatic amphibians consisting of a series of cells on the head and along the sides of the body that detect pressure changes and vibrations  
lead line  
      n     (Nautical)   a length of line for swinging a lead, marked at various points to indicate multiples of fathoms         
ledger line  
      n  
1      (Music)   a short line placed above or below the staff to accommodate notes representing pitches above or below the staff         
2      (Angling)   a line using ledger tackle  
leger line  
      n      a variant spelling of       ledger line  
line          [1]  
      n  
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  
5      (Maths)  
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     
7      (Sport)  
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  
8      (American football)  
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  
17      (Chiefly Brit)  
a    a railway track, including the roadbed, sleepers, etc.  
b    one of the rails of such a track  
18      (N.Z.)   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 bring or come 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      (N.Z.)   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 of a gas  
34      (Music)  
a    any of the five horizontal marks that make up the stave  
   Compare       space       9  
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 or 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       a U.S. and Canadian word for       queue  
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-mail shots, 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    do a line (with)     (Irish and Austral)  
informal   to associate (with a person of the opposite sex) regularly; go out (with)  
he is doing a line with her     
51    draw the line (at)   to reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on)  
her father draws the line at her coming in after midnight     
52    get a line on  
Informal   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 or 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    shoot a line  
Informal   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.  
      vb  
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,   (See also)        lines       line-up  
     (C13: partly from Old French ligne, ultimately from Latin linea, n use of lineus flaxen, from linum flax; partly from Old English lin, ultimately also from Latin linum flax)  
  linable, lineable      adj  
  lined      adj  
  linelike      adj  
  liny, liney      adj  
line          [2]  
      vb   tr  
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 linum flax, since linings were often made of linen)  
line block  
      n   a letterpress printing block made by a photoengraving process without the use of a screen  
line breeding  
      n   selective inbreeding that produces individuals possessing one or more of the favourable characteristics of their common ancestor  
line call  
      n     (Tennis)   the judgment of the umpire or linesman as to whether the ball has landed in or out of court  
line composition  
      n     (Printing)   type produced on a linecaster  
line dancing  
      n   a form of dancing performed by rows of people to country and western music  
line drawing  
      n   a drawing made with lines only, gradations in tone being provided by the spacing and thickness of the lines  
line-engraving  
      n  
1    the art or process of hand-engraving in intaglio and copper plate  
2    a plate so engraved  
3    a print taken from such a plate  
  line-engraver      n  
Line Islands  
      pl n   a group of coral islands in the central Pacific, including Tabuaeran, Teraina, and Kiritimati: part of Kiribati, with Palmyra and Jarvis administered by the U.S.  
line management  
      n     (Commerce)   those managers in an organization who are responsible for the main activity or product of the organization, as distinct from those, such as transport, accounting, or personnel, who provide services to the line management  
   line manager             n  
line of battle  
      n   a formation adopted by a military or naval force when preparing for action  
line of credit  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)      another name for       credit line  
line of fire  
      n   the flight path of a missile discharged or to be discharged from a firearm  
line of force  
      n   a line in a field of force, such as an electric or magnetic field, for which the tangent at any point is the direction of the force at that point  
line of scrimmage  
      n     (American football)   an imaginary line, parallel to the goal lines, on which the ball is placed at the start of a down and on either side of which the offense and defense line up  
line of sight