Line - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |laɪn|  American pronunciation of the word line
Brit.  |laɪn|  British pronunciation of the word line


- a formation of people or things one beside another
the line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed
they were arrayed in line of battle
the cast stood in line for the curtain call
- a mark that is long relative to its width
He drew a line on the chart
- a formation of people or things one behind another
the line stretched clear around the corner
you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter
- a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
- text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
the letter consisted of three short lines
there are six lines in every stanza
- a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
- a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
they attacked the enemy's line
- a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning (syn: argument, argumentation)
I can't follow your line of reasoning
- a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power (syn: cable)
- a connected series of events or actions or developments (syn: course)
historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available
- a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
- a slight depression or fold in the smoothness of a surface (syn: crease, crinkle, furrow, seam, wrinkle)
his face has many lines
- a pipe used to transport liquids or gases (syn: pipeline)
a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport
- the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
- a telephone connection
- acting in conformity
in line with
he got out of line
toe the line
- the descendants of one individual (syn: ancestry, blood, bloodline, descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock)
his entire lineage has been warriors
- something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
a washing line
- the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money (syn: business, job, occupation)
he's not in my line of business
- in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
- (often plural) a means of communication or access (syn: channel)
lines of communication were set up between the two firms
- a particular kind of product or merchandise
a nice line of shoes
- a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
- space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
- the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
- a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence (syn: air, melody, strain, tune)
- persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress
'let me show you my etchings' is a rather worn line
he has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it
that salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk
- a short personal letter (syn: billet, note)
drop me a line when you get there
- a conceptual separation or distinction (syn: contrast, demarcation)
there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity
- mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it


- be in line with; form a line along (syn: run along)
trees line the riverbank
- cover the interior of
line the gloves
line a chimney
- make a mark or lines on a surface (syn: delineate, describe, draw, trace)
draw a line
trace the outline of a figure in the sand
- mark with lines
sorrow had lined his face
- fill plentifully
line one's pockets
- reinforce with fabric
lined books are more enduring

Extra examples

I drew a straight line down the page to separate the two lists.

Cut the paper along the dotted line.

A tennis serve that was over the line

After three hours on the road, they finally crossed the state line.

Their yards were separated by a line of trees.

Everybody had to get in line and wait their turn.

The people were waiting in line.

The round line of the sea was bleared.

Line, the silhouette of a garment that makes it look fashionable or unfashionable.

Drop me a few lines.

The line is bad.

The shop carries the best line of shoes.

Line the pages for the graph both horizontally and vertically.

He had a healthy colour in his cheeks, and his face, though lined, bore few traces of anxiety.

His pale face was lined with melancholy resignation.

Phrasal verbs

line up  — form a line

Word forms

I/you/we/they: line
he/she/it: lines
present participle: lining
past tense: lined
past participle: lined
singular: line
plural: lines
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