- Mathematics A geometric figure formed by a point moving along a fixed direction and the reverse direction.
a. A thin continuous mark, as that made by a pen, pencil, or brush applied to a surface.
b. A similar mark cut or scratched into a surface.
c. A crease in the skin, especially on the face; a wrinkle.
a. A real or imaginary mark positioned in relation to fixed points of reference.
b. A degree or circle of longitude or latitude drawn on a map or globe.
c. The equator. Used with the.
a. A border or boundary: the county line.
b. A demarcation: a line of darker water beyond the reef.
c. A contour or an outline: the line of the hills against the evening sky.
a. A mark used to define a shape or represent a contour.
b. Any of the marks that make up the formal design of a picture.
a. A cable, rope, string, cord, or wire.
b. Nautical A rope used aboard a ship.
c. A fishing line.
d. A clothesline.
e. A cord or tape used, as by builders or surveyors, for measuring, leveling, or straightening.
- A pipe or system of pipes for conveying a fluid: gas lines.
- An electric-power transmission cable.
a. A wire or system of wires connecting telephone or telegraph systems.
b. An open or functioning telephone connection: tried to get a free line.
a. A passenger or cargo system of public or private transportation, as by ship, aircraft, or bus, usually over a definite route.
b. A company owning or managing such a system.
a. A railway track or system of tracks.
b. A particular section of a railway network: the Philadelphia-Trenton line.
- A course of progress or movement; a route: a line of flight.
a. A general method, manner, or course of procedure: different lines of thought; took a hard line on defense.
b. A manner or course of procedure determined by a specified factor: development along socialist lines.
c. An official or prescribed policy: the party line.
- A general concept or model. Often used in the plural: a trilogy along the lines of the Oresteia.
- A condition of agreement; alignment: brought the front wheels into line; a wage agreement in line with current inflation.
a. One's trade, occupation, or field of interest: What line of work are you in?
b. Range of competence: not in my line.
- Merchandise or services of a similar or related nature: carries a complete line of small tools.
- A group of persons or things arranged in a row or series: long lines at the box office; a line of stones.
a. Ancestry or lineage.
b. A series of persons, especially from one family, who succeed each other: a line of monarchs; comes from a long line of bankers.
c. A strain, as of livestock or plants, developed and maintained by selective breeding.
a. A sequence of related things that leads to a certain ending: a line of argument.
b. An ordered system of operations that allows a sequential manufacture or assembly of goods at all or various stages of production.
c. The personnel of an organization or a business who actually make a product or perform a service.
a. A horizontal row of printed or written words or symbols.
b. One of the horizontal scans forming a television image.
- 22. A brief letter; a note: I'll drop you a line.
a. A unit of verse ending in a visual or typographic break and generally characterized by its length and meter: a line of iambic pentameter.
b. The dialogue of a theatrical presentation, such as a play. Often used in the plural: spent the weekend learning her lines.
- 24. Informal Glib or insincere talk, usually intended to deceive or impress: He kept on handing me a line about how busy he is.
- 25. lines Chiefly British
a. A marriage certificate.
b. A usually specified number of lines of prose or verse to be written out by a pupil as punishment.
- 26. Games A horizontal demarcation on a scorecard in bridge dividing the honor score from the trick score.
a. A source of information.
b. The information itself: got a line on the computer project.
a. Music One of the five parallel marks constituting a staff.
b. A sustained melodic or harmonic part in a piece: a rock song with a driving bass line.
a. A formation in which elements, such as troops, tanks, or ships, are arranged abreast of one another.
b. The battle area closest to the enemy; the front.
c. The combat troops or warships at the front, arrayed for defense or offense.
d. The regular forces of an army or a navy, in contrast to staff and support personnel.
e. The class of officers in direct command of warships or of army combat units.
f. A bulwark or trench.
g. An extended system of such fortifications or defenses: the Siegfried line.
- 30. Sports
a. A foul line.
b. A real or imaginary mark demarcating a specified section of a playing area or field.
c. A real or imaginary mark or point at which a race begins or ends.
d. The center and two wings making up a hockey team's offensive unit.
e. Football A line of scrimmage.
f. Football The linemen considered as a group.
- 31. Informal The odds a bookmaker gives, especially for sports events.
- 32. The proportion of an insurance risk assumed by a particular underwriter or company.
- 33. Slang A small amount of cocaine arranged in a thin, usually tightly rolled strip for sniffing.
- 34. Archaic One's lot or position in life.
To arrange in or form a line.
To take one's position in a formation before a snap or kickoff. To organize and make ready: