Associations to the word «Line»


LINE, noun. A path through two or more points (compare ‘segment’); a continuous mark, including as made by a pen; any path, curved or straight.
LINE, noun. (geometry) An infinitely extending one-dimensional figure that has no curvature; one that has length but not breadth or thickness.
LINE, noun. (geometry) (informal) A line segment; a continuous finite segment of such a figure.
LINE, noun. (graph theory) An edge of a graph.
LINE, noun. (geography) A circle of latitude or of longitude, as represented on a map.
LINE, noun. (geography) (‘the line’ or ‘equinoctial line’) The equator.
LINE, noun. (music) One of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged strokes on and between which the notes are placed.
LINE, noun. (cricket) The horizontal path of a ball towards the batsman (see also length).
LINE, noun. (soccer) The goal line.
LINE, noun. A rope, cord, string, or thread, of any thickness.
LINE, noun. (firefighting) A hose.
LINE, noun. Direction, path.
LINE, noun. The wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, a telephone or internet cable between two points: a telephone or network connection.
LINE, noun. A letter, a written form of communication.
LINE, noun. A connected series of public conveyances, as a roadbed or railway track; and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc.
LINE, noun. (military) A trench or rampart, or the non-physical demarcation of the extent of the territory occupied by specified forces.
LINE, noun. The exterior limit of a figure or territory: a boundary, contour, or outline; a demarcation.
LINE, noun. A long tape or ribbon marked with units for measuring; a tape measure.
LINE, noun. (obsolete) A measuring line or cord.
LINE, noun. That which was measured by a line, such as a field or any piece of land set apart; hence, allotted place of abode.
LINE, noun. A threadlike crease or wrinkle marking the face, hand, or body; hence, a characteristic mark.
LINE, noun. Lineament; feature; figure (of one's body).
LINE, noun. 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 (and contrasted with a column), as in a military formation. [from mid-16thc.]
LINE, noun. (military) The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery, etc.
LINE, noun. ​ A series or succession of ancestors or descendants of a given person; a family or race; compare lineage.
LINE, noun. A small amount of text. Specifically:
LINE, noun. 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.
LINE, noun. A verse (in poetry).
LINE, noun. A sentence of dialogue, especially [from the later 19thc.] in a play, movie, or the like.
LINE, noun. A lie or exaggeration, especially one told to gain another's approval or prevent losing it.
LINE, noun. Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity. [from earlier 17thc.]
LINE, noun. The official, stated position (or set of positions) of an individual or group, particularly a political or religious faction. [from later 19thc.]
LINE, noun. The products or services sold by a business, or by extension, the business itself. [from earlier 19thc.]
LINE, noun. (stock exchange) A number of shares taken by a jobber.
LINE, noun. A measure of length:
LINE, noun. (historical) A tsarist-era Russian unit of measure, approximately equal to one tenth of an English inch, used especially when measuring the calibre of firearms.
LINE, noun. One twelfth of an inch.
LINE, noun. One fortieth of an inch.
LINE, noun. (historical) A maxwell, a unit of magnetic flux.
LINE, noun. (baseball) (slang) (1800s) (‘the line’) The batter’s box.
LINE, noun. (fencing) (‘line of engagement’) The position in which the fencers hold their swords.
LINE, noun. (engineering) Proper relative position or adjustment (of parts, not as to design or proportion, but with reference to smooth working).
LINE, noun. A small portion or serving (of a powdery illegal drug).
LINE, noun. (obsolete) Instruction; doctrine.
LINE, noun. (genetics) Population of cells derived from a single cell and containing the same genetic makeup.
LINE, noun. (perfusion line) a set composed of a spike, a drip chamber, a clamp, a Y-injection site, a three-way stopcock and a catheter.
LINE, verb. (transitive) To place (objects) into a line (usually used with "up"); to form into a line; to align.
LINE, verb. (transitive) To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding; to fortify.
LINE, verb. To form a line along.
LINE, verb. (transitive) To mark with a line or lines, to cover with lines.
LINE, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray.
LINE, verb. (transitive) To read or repeat line by line.
LINE, verb. (intransitive) (‘line up’) To form or enter into a line.
LINE, verb. (intransitive) (baseball) To hit a line drive; to hit a line drive which is caught for an out. Compare fly and ground.
LINE, verb. To track (wild bees) to their nest by following their line of flight.
LINE, noun. (obsolete) Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax.
LINE, verb. (transitive) To cover the inner surface of (something), originally especially with linen.
LINE, verb. To reinforce (the back of a book) with glue and glued scrap material such as fabric or paper.
LINE, verb. (transitive) To fill or supply (something), as a purse with money.
LINE, verb. (transitive) (now rare) (of a dog) to copulate with, to impregnate.
LINE AND LENGTH, noun. (cricket) The direction (line) and point at which a delivery hits the pitch (length) of a delivery considered as a whole, especially that of a group of a particular bowler's deliveries.
LINE ART, noun. Images that consist of distinct straight and curved lines placed against a (usually plain) background, without gradations in shade (darkness) or hue (color).
LINE ART, noun. (printing) (graphic design) Artwork to be reproduced with one solid colour, contrasted with artwork having tone or shading (halftones), or full colour (colour separations).
LINE BEES, verb. To track wild bees to their nest by following their line of flight.
LINE BREAK, noun. (typesetting) A point in writing where text that would normally continue on the same line starts at the beginning of a new line.
LINE BREAK, noun. (computing) A character indicating that subsequent characters should appear on a separate line of text; newline, line feed.
LINE BREAK, noun. (rugby) a break made through the opposition's defensive line
LINE BREAKS, noun. Plural of line break
LINE BREEDING, noun. (stockbreeding) Breeding by a certain family line of descent, especially in the selection of the dam or mother.
LINE CODE, noun. A code chosen for use within a communications system for transmission purposes.
LINE CODES, noun. Plural of line code
LINE CONCH, noun. A spiral marine shell (Fasciolaria distans), of Florida and the West Indies, marked by narrow, dark, revolving lines.
LINE CONCHES, noun. Plural of line conch
LINE DANCE, noun. A dance in which a group of people perform the same dance simultaneously while in a line.
LINE DANCES, noun. Plural of line dance
LINE DANCING, noun. A form of dance in which the dancers are in a line and performing the same steps together.
LINE DRIVE, noun. (baseball) (softball) A batted ball hit hard enough and low enough that it appears to travel in a relatively straight line.
LINE DRIVES, noun. Plural of line drive
LINE ENGRAVING, noun. Engraving in which the effects are produced by lines of different width and closeness, cut with the burin upon copper or similar material; also, a plate so engraved.
LINE ENGRAVING, noun. A picture produced by printing from such an engraving.
LINE FED, verb. Simple past tense of line feed
LINE FED, verb. Past participle of line feed
LINE FEED, noun. On a typewriter, the action of the carriage roller to push the page up one, two or one and a half lines (as set elsewhere) when executing a carriage return.
LINE FEED, noun. (computing) The character (0x0a in ASCII) which advances the paper by one line in a teletype or printer, or moves the cursor to the next line on a display.
LINE FEED, verb. To advance the page one line at a time, particularly in rapid succession.
LINE FEEDING, verb. Present participle of line feed
LINE FEEDS, noun. Plural of line feed
LINE FEEDS, verb. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of line feed
LINE FUNCTION, noun. (management) Any primary business function that would affect customers or profits if interrupted
LINE FUNCTIONS, noun. Plural of line function
LINE GRAPH, noun. A graph in which a series of connected straight lines connect points, each of which represents the value of a particular variable
LINE GRAPHS, noun. Plural of line graph
LINE IN THE SAND, noun. (idiomatic) a defining moment, a cutoff point.
LINE INTEGRAL, noun. An integral the domain of whose integrand is a curve.
LINE INTEGRALS, noun. Plural of line integral
LINE ITEM, noun. An item appearing on a single line in any schedule of information.
LINE ITEM, noun. (accounting) An item of revenue or expenditure in a budget or other financial statement or report.
LINE ITEM, noun. (government) A budget appropriation.
LINE ITEMS, noun. Plural of line item
LINE JUDGE, noun. (tennis) An official who watches the lines of the court who judges whether the ball has landed in or out and also declares foot faults.
LINE JUDGES, noun. Plural of line judge
LINE MANAGEMENT, noun. (business) A method of management in which instructions are passed to and from one's superior
LINE MANAGER, noun. The manager who is directly responsible for an employee.
LINE MANAGERS, noun. Plural of line manager
LINE NOISE, noun. (computing) Spurious characters due to signal noise in a communications link.
LINE NOISE, noun. (programming) Data that looks random, as when outputting a binary file literally.
LINE NOISE, noun. (programming) (pejorative) Incomprehensible source code or programming language (often due to terseness or overuse of operators). Write-only code or a write-only language.
LINE NUMBER, noun. (computing) A method used to specify a particular sequence of characters in a text file. Typically, assigning every line a unique number, starting at 1 for the first line, and incrementing by 1 for each successive line.
LINE NUMBERS, noun. Plural of line number
LINE OF ACTUAL CONTROL, proper noun. The line which separates the portions of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir which are de facto controlled by India from those which are de facto controlled by China.
LINE OF BATTLE, noun. (military) The position of troops drawn up in their usual order without any determined maneuver.
LINE OF BATTLE, noun. (naval) The line or arrangement formed by vessels of war in an engagement.
LINE OF BEAUTY, noun. (fine arts) an abstract line supposed to be beautiful in itself and absolutely; differently represented by different authors, often as a kind of elongated S (like the one drawn by Hogarth).
LINE OF BEST FIT, noun. (mathematics): A line on a scatter plot that best defines or expresses the trend shown in the plotted points. It is chosen so that the sum of the squares of the distances from the points to the line is a minimum. It also illustrates the correlation (positive, negative, or zero (no) correlation) between the plotted variables.
LINE OF CENTERS, noun. (geometry) A line joining centers of figures.
LINE OF CENTERS, noun. (engineering) A line joining two centers, or fulcra, as of wheels or levers.
LINE OF CENTERS, noun. A line which determines a dead center.
LINE OF CONTROL, proper noun. The line which separates the portions of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir which are de-fact controlled by India and those which are de-facto controlled by Pakistan.
LINE OF CREDIT, noun. (finance) (banking) A financial agreement under which a bank or other lender agrees to provide a client with loans of money up to an approved limit during a predefined period. The client may borrow the entire credit amount all at once or in portions during the specified period.
LINE OF CREDIT, noun. (finance) (banking) The maximum borrowable amount specified in such an agreement.
LINE OF DIP, noun. (geology) A line in the plane of a stratum, or part of a stratum, perpendicular to its intersection with a horizontal plane; the line of greatest inclination of a stratum to the horizon
LINE OF FIRE, noun. (military) The direction of weapons fire.
LINE OF FORCE, noun. (physics) an imaginary line in a field of force, whose tangent at any point gives the direction of the field at that point and whose number through unit area perpendicular to the field represents its intensity
LINE OF LEVELS, noun. A connected series of measurements, by means of a level, along a given line, such as that of a railroad, to ascertain the profile of the ground.
LINE OF LIFE, noun. (palmistry) a line on the palm of the hand, curving about the base of the thumb, supposed to indicate, by its form or position, the length of a person's life.
LINE OF MARCH, noun. (military) Arrangement of troops for marching.
LINE OF MARCH, noun. (military) Course or direction taken by an army or body of troops in marching.
LINE OF NODES, noun. (astronomy) The intersection of an orbiting object's orbital plane with the plane of reference
LINE OF OPERATIONS, noun. That portion of a theater of war which an army passes over in attaining its object (H.W. Halleck)
LINE OF PLAY, noun. The configuration of played tiles of dominoes.
LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, noun. (American football) Either of two imaginary lines across the football field touching one of the two apices of the football which point toward either the defensive side or the offensive side before the center is allowed to touch the ball before each play.
LINE OF SIGHT, noun. A straight line along which an observer has a clear view.
LINE OF SIGHT, noun. (weaponry) The line which passes through the front and rear sight, at any elevation, when they are sighted at an object.
LINE OF STRICTION, noun. (geometry) The line on a skew surface that cuts each generator in that point of it that is nearest to the succeeding generator.
LINE OF SUCCESSION, noun. An ordered sequence of named people who would succeed to a particular office upon the death, resignation or removal of the current occupant; constructed using the rules of an established order of succession.
LINE ONE'S POCKETS, verb. (idiomatic) To accumulate personal wealth, especially in an illegal or morally objectionable manner.
LINE OUT, noun. An audio jack that produces an unamplified signal
LINE OUT, noun. Alternative form of lineout
LINE OUT, noun. Alternative form of line-out
LINE OUTS, noun. Plural of line out
LINE PLOT, noun. (statistics) A plotting of data above an axis to show frequency of data in each category.
LINE PLOTS, noun. Plural of line plot
LINE PRINTER, noun. (computing) A high-speed impact printer, most often used by older mainframes, that prints an entire line in a single operation
LINE PRINTERS, noun. Plural of line printer
LINE SEGMENT, noun. (geometry) A part of a straight line bounded by two points.
LINE SEGMENTS, noun. Plural of line segment
LINE SHAFT, noun. An early power transmission system used extensively during the Industrial Revolution, with a single central power source distributing power to all of the machinery in a building.
LINE SHAFTS, noun. Plural of line shaft
LINE SPECTRUM, noun. (physics) A spectrum, typically produced by a luminous gas, that consists of separate lines typical of particular elements
LINE TUB, noun. (nautical) A tub in which the line carried by a whaleboat is coiled.
LINE UP, verb. (engineering) to put in alignment; to put in correct adjustment for smooth running
LINE UP, verb. (transitive) To put things in a line
LINE UP, verb. (intransitive) To get into a line
LINE UP, verb. (intransitive) (sports) To start a game in a certain position on the playing field.
LINE UP, verb. To make arrangements for an event.
LINE UP, verb. To support a group or movement.
LINE UPS, noun. Plural of line up
LINE WEIGHT, noun. (visual art) The relative thickness of a drawn rule or painted brushstroke.
LINE WEIGHTS, noun. Plural of line weight

Dictionary definition

LINE, noun. 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".
LINE, noun. A mark that is long relative to its width; "He drew a line on the chart".
LINE, noun. 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".
LINE, noun. A length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point.
LINE, noun. 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".
LINE, noun. A single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum.
LINE, noun. A fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops); "they attacked the enemy's line".
LINE, noun. A course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I can't follow your line of reasoning".
LINE, noun. A conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power.
LINE, noun. A connected series of events or actions or developments; "the government took a firm course"; "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available".
LINE, noun. A spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent.
LINE, noun. A slight depression in the smoothness of a surface; "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles".
LINE, noun. A pipe used to transport liquids or gases; "a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport".
LINE, noun. The road consisting of railroad track and roadbed.
LINE, noun. A telephone connection.
LINE, noun. Acting in conformity; "in line with"; "he got out of line"; "toe the line".
LINE, noun. The descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors".
LINE, noun. Something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line".
LINE, noun. The principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business".
LINE, noun. In games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area.
LINE, noun. (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms".
LINE, noun. A particular kind of product or merchandise; "a nice line of shoes".
LINE, noun. A commercial organization serving as a common carrier.
LINE, noun. Space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising.
LINE, noun. The maximum credit that a customer is allowed.
LINE, noun. A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven".
LINE, noun. 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".
LINE, noun. A short personal letter; "drop me a line when you get there".
LINE, noun. A conceptual separation or distinction; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity".
LINE, noun. Mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it.
LINE, verb. Be in line with; form a line along; "trees line the riverbank".
LINE, verb. Cover the interior of; "line the gloves"; "line a chimney".
LINE, verb. Make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand".
LINE, verb. Mark with lines; "sorrow had lined his face".
LINE, verb. Fill plentifully; "line one's pockets".
LINE, verb. Reinforce with fabric; "lined books are more enduring".

Wise words

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