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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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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
clothing line
dans une pharse
adv.
in a line, continuously, in quick succession

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