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Meaning of line by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Six lines ( drawn paths ).
    Four eighth notes beamed together on a staff.
    Four lines of text.
    A letter.
    A man holding a rope.
    A woman using a fire hose.
    Multiple telephone poles and lines.
    Multiple train lines.
    Painting of Prussian Infantry attacking in lines during the Battle of Hohenfriedberg.
    A line of people.
    A man drinking tea in Bangladesh on a winter morning. Lines ( wrinkles ) can be seen on his face.

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English line, ligne, from Old English līne ( “line, cable, rope, hawser, series, row, rule, direction” ), from Proto-Germanic *līnōn ( “line, rope, flaxen cord, thread” ), from Proto-Germanic *līnan ( “flax, linen” ), from Proto-Indo-European *līn- ( “flax” ). Cognate with Dutch lijn ( “rope, cord” ), German Leine ( “line, rope” ), Danish line ( “rope, cord” ). Related also to Dutch lijn ( “flax” ), German Lein ( “flax, linen” ), Gothic ( lein, “linen, cloth” ), Latin linea ( “linen, thread, string, line” ), Latin linum ( “flax, thread, linen, cable” ), Ancient Greek λίνον ( línon, “flax, linen, thread, garment” ), Old Church Slavonic ( linŭ, “flax” ), Lithuanian linai ( “flax” ), Irish līn, lion ( “flax” ). Influenced in Middle English by Middle French ligne ( “line” ), from Latin linea. More at linen .

    The oldest sense of the word is "rope, cord, thread"; from this the senses "path", "continuous mark" were derived. The "party line" sense imagines a line ( queue ) of people following the party .


    • enPR: līn, IPA: /laɪn/, X-SAMPA: /laIn/
    • Rhymes: -aɪn


    line ( plural: lines )

    1. A path through two or more points ( compare ‘segment’ ); a continuous mark, including as made by a pen; any path, curved or straight.
      The arrow descended in a curved line .
      1. ( geometry ) An infinitely extending one-dimensional figure that has no curvature; one that has length but not breadth or thickness .
      2. ( geometry, informal ) A line segment; a continuous finite segment of such a figure .
      3. ( graph theory ) An edge of a graph .
      4. ( geography ) A circle of latitude or of longitude, as represented on a map .
      5. ( geography, ‘the line’ or ‘equinoctial line’ ) The equator.
      6. ( music ) One of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged strokes on and between which the notes are placed .
      7. ( cricket ) The horizontal path of a ball towards the batsman ( see also length ) .
      8. ( soccer ) The goal line
    2. A rope, cord, string, or thread, of any thickness.
      1. ( firefighting ) A hose .
    3. Direction, path .
      the line of sight or the line of vision
    4. The wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, a telephone or internet cable between two points: a telephone or network connection .
      I tried to make a call, but the line was dead .
      a dedicated line
      a shared line
      Please speak up, the line is very faint .
    5. A letter, a written form of communication .
      Drop me a line .
    6. A connected series of public conveyances, as a roadbed or railway track; and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc .
      a line of stages
      an express line
    7. ( military ) A trench or rampart, or the non-physical demarcation of the extent of the territory occupied by specified forces.
    8. The exterior limit of a figure or territory: a boundary, contour, or outline; a demarcation.
    9. A threadlike crease or wrinkle marking the face, hand, or body; hence, a characteristic mark.
    10. Lineament; feature; figure ( of one's body ).
    11. A more-or-less straight sequence of people, objects, etc., either arranged as a queue or column and often waiting to be processed or dealt with, or arranged abreast of one another in a row ( かつ contrasted with a column ), as in a military formation. [from mid-16th c.]
      The line forms on the right .
      There is a line of houses .
    12. ( military ) The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery, etc .
    13. A series or succession of ancestors or descendants of a given person; a family or race; compare lineage.
    14. A small amount of text. Specifically:
      1. a written or printed row of letters, words, numbers, or other text, especially a row of words extending across a page or column, or a blank in place of such text .
        The answer to the comprehension question can be found in the third line of the accompanying text .
      2. a verse ( in poetry ).
      3. a sentence of dialogue, especially [from the later 19th c.] in a play, movie, or the like .
        He was perfecting his pickup lines for use at the bar .
        "It is what it is" was one his more annoying lines .
      4. a lie or exaggeration, especially one told to gain another's approval or prevent losing it .
        Don't feed me a line!
    15. Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity. [from earlier 17th c.]
    16. The official, stated position ( or set of positions ) of an individual or group, particularly a political or religious faction. [from later 19th c.]
      Remember, your answers must match the party line .
    17. The products or services sold by a business, or by extension, the business itself. [from earlier 19th c.]
      line of business, product line
      How many buses does the line have?
      The airline is in danger of bankruptcy .
    18. ( stock exchange ) A number of shares taken by a jobber .
    19. A measure of length:
      1. equal to one twelfth of an inch.
      2. equal to one fortieth of an inch .
    20. ( historical ) Alternative name for a maxwell, a unit of magnetic flux.
    21. ( baseball, slang, 1800s, ‘the line’ ) The batter’s box .
    22. ( fencing, ‘line of engagement’ ) The position in which the fencers hold their swords.
    23. Proper relative position or adjustment ( of parts, not as to design or proportion, but with reference to smooth working ) .
      the engine is in line / out of line
    24. A small portion or serving ( of a powdery illegal drug ).
    Related terms
    • ( 幾何学 ) curve, point, segment
    Derived terms


    line ( third-person singular simple present lines present participle lining, simple past and past participle lined )

    1. ( transitive ) To place ( objects ) into a line ( usually used with "up" ); to form into a line; to align .
      to line troops
    2. ( transitive ) To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding; to fortify .
      to line works with soldiers
    3. To form a line along.
    4. ( transitive ) To mark with a line or lines, to cover with lines .
      to line a copy book
    5. ( transitive, obsolete ) To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray .
    6. ( transitive ) To read or repeat line by line .
      to line out a hymn
    7. ( intransitive, ‘line up’ ) To form or enter into a line .
    8. ( intransitive, baseball ) To hit a line drive; to hit a line drive which is caught for an out. Compare fly and ground.

    Etymology 2

    Old English līn ( “flax, linen, cloth” ) .


    • enPR: līn, IPA: /laɪn/, X-SAMPA: /laIn/
    • Rhymes: -aɪn


    line ( uncountable )

    1. ( obsolete ) Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax.
      • 1590, Edmund Spenser, w:The Faerie Queene, Book V, Canto VII, VI
        And clothed all in Garments made of line .


    line ( third-person singular simple present lines present participle lining, simple past and past participle lined )

    1. ( transitive ) To cover the inner surface of ( something ), originally especially with linen .
      The bird lines its nest with soft grass .
      to line a cloak with silk or fur
      to line a box with paper or tin
      paintings lined the walls of the cavernous dining room
    2. To reinforce ( the back of a book ) with glue and glued scrap material such as fabric or paper.
    3. ( transitive ) To fill or supply ( something ), as a purse with money.
      to line the shelves
    Derived terms

    Etymology 3

    From Middle French ligner .


    line ( third-person singular simple present lines present participle lining, simple past and past participle lined )

    1. ( transitive, now rare, of a dog ) to copulate with, to impregnate.

    See also



    • LEIN
    • lien
    • Neil
    • Nile


    Proto-Germanic *līnōn ( “line, rope, flaxen cord, thread” ), from Proto-Germanic *līnan ( “flax, linen” ), from Proto-Indo-European *līn- ( “flax” ). Akin to Old High German līna ( “line” ) ( German Leine ( “rope” ) ), Middle Dutch līne ( “rope, cord” ) ( Dutch lijn ( “rope” ) ), Old Norse līna ( “cord, rope” ) ( Danish line ( “rope, cord” ) ), Old English līn ( “flax, linen, cloth” ) .


    līne f .

    1. line, rope, cable
    2. row, series
    3. direction, rule


    Related terms

    • līn
    • līnen, linnen


Explanation of line by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. reinforce with fabric

    2. lined books are more enduring
    3. fill plentifully

    4. line one's pockets
    5. cover the interior of

    6. line the gloves
      line a chimney
    7. mark with lines

    8. sorrow had lined his face
    9. make a mark or lines on a surface

    10. draw a line
      trace the outline of a figure in the sand
    11. be in line with

    12. trees line the riverbank
    1. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

    2. he's not in my line of business
    3. acting in conformity

    4. in line with
      he got out of line
      toe the line
    5. a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

    6. something ( as a cord or rope ) that is long and thin and flexible

    7. a washing line
    8. the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed

    9. a commercial organization serving as a common carrier

    10. a particular kind of product or merchandise

    11. a nice line of shoes
    12. a pipe used to transport liquids or gases

    13. a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport
    14. mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it

    15. a telephone connection

    16. a conceptual separation or distinction

    17. there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity
    18. a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood

    19. I can't follow your line of reasoning
    20. a means of communication or access

    21. lines of communication were set up between the two firms
    22. a short personal letter

    23. drop me a line when you get there
    24. a mark that is long relative to its width

    25. He drew a line on the chart
    26. text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen

    27. the letter consisted of three short lines
      there are six lines in every stanza
    28. persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress

    29. `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
    30. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    31. the descendants of one individual

    32. his entire lineage has been warriors
    33. a connected series of events or actions or developments

    34. historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available
    35. a formation of people or things one behind another

    36. the line stretched clear around the corner
      you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter
    37. a formation of people or things one beside another

    38. the line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed
      they were arrayed in line of battle
      the c