Line meaning

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A geometric figure formed by a point moving along a fixed direction and the reverse direction.
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A horizontal row of printed or written words or symbols.
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An amount of powdered cocaine arranged in a thin, long strip for snorting.
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The definition of a line is a mark connecting two points, something stretched between two things, or two or more people standing in a row.

An example of a line is a horizontal mark drawn on a piece of paper.

An example of a line is caution tape marking off the scene of an accident.

An example of a line is fishing wire.

An example of a line is five people standing single file waiting to purchase movie tickets.

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To mark, incise, or cover with a line or lines.
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To represent with lines.
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To fill plentifully, as with money or food.
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A very thin, threadlike mark.
  • A long, thin mark made by a pencil, pen, chalk, etc.
  • A similar mark cut in a hard surface, as by engraving.
  • A thin crease in the palm or on the face.
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A plan of construction; plan of making or doing.
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The odds a bookmaker gives, especially for sports events.
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A group of persons or things arranged in a row or series.

Long lines at the box office; a line of stones.

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A pipe or system of pipes for conveying a fluid.

Gas lines.

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An electric-power transmission cable.
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A general concept or model.

A trilogy along the lines of the Oresteia.

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Merchandise or services of a similar or related nature.

Carries a complete line of small tools.

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A brief letter; a note.

I'll drop you a line.

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Glib or insincere talk, usually intended to deceive or impress.

He kept on handing me a line about how busy he is.

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To place in a series or row.
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To form a bordering line along.

Small stalls lined the alley.

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To hit (a ball) sharply so that it flies low and fast.
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To hit a line drive.

Lined out to shortstop.

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To fit a covering to the inside surface of.

A coat lined with fur.

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To cover the inner surface of.

Moisture lined the walls of the cave.

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Any wire, pipe, system of pipes or wires, etc. for conducting water, gas, electricity, etc.
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A mark made on the ground in certain sports.
  • Any of the straight, narrow marks dividing or bounding a football field, tennis court, etc.
    sideline.
  • A mark indicating a starting point, a limit not to be crossed, or a point which must be reached or passed.
    A remark that crosses the line of good taste.
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A border or boundary.

The state line.

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A division between conditions, qualities, classes, etc.; limit; demarcation.
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Outline; contour; lineament.

Built along modern lines.

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Lot in life; one's fate.
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A row or series of persons or things of a particular kind.
  • A row of written or printed characters extending across or part way across a page.
  • A single row of words or characters making up a unit of poetry, often of a specified number of feet.
  • A row of persons waiting in turn to buy something, enter a theater, etc.; queue.
  • An or a similar arrangement for the packing, shipping, etc. of merchandise.
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A connected series of persons or things following each other in time or place; succession.

A line of Democratic presidents.

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The descendants of a common ancestor or of a particular breed.
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The course or direction anything moving takes; path.

The line of fire.

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A person's trade or occupation.

What's his line?

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A stock of goods of a particular type, often with reference to quality, quantity, variety, etc.
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The field of one's special knowledge, interest, or ability.
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The odds given by a bookmaker on the contestants in a race, game, etc.
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A short letter, note, or card.

Drop me a line.

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A source or piece of information.

A line on a bargain.

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Persuasive or flattering talk that is insincere.
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A small quantity of cocaine sniffed at one time.
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A stock, supply, display, etc., as of literary or artistic qualities, methods, or techniques.

A nice line in irony.

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A marriage certificate.
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Free throw line.
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The horizontal line on a score sheet below which are recorded points that count toward a game and above which, all other points.
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An imaginary circle of the earth or of the celestial sphere, as the equator or the equinoctial circle.
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The two wings and the center playing together.
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A continuous series of points, or the path of a moving point, thought of as having length but not breadth, specif., such a series or path when perfectly straight.
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Any of the long parallel marks forming the staff.
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A scanning line.
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To mark with lines.
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To draw or trace with or as with lines.
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To bring or cause to come into a straight row or into conformity; bring into alignment.
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To form a line along.

Elms line the streets.

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To place objects along the edge of.

Line the walk with flowers.

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To hit (a pitched ball) in a line drive.
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To form a line.
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To hit a line drive.
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Of or having to do with the managing of departments, operations, etc. which are involved directly in producing income, as in production or sales as distinguished from those involved in routine internal functions.
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To put a layer or lining of a different material on the inside of.
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To be used as a lining in.

Cloth lined the trunk.

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To fill; stuff.
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A geometric figure formed by a point moving in a fixed direction and in the reverse direction. The intersection of two planes is a line. &diamf3; The part of a line that lies between two points on the line is called a line segment.
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(1) In text-based systems, a row of characters.
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A station line refers to the circuit between a private branch exchange (PBX) switch and a station user's terminal equipment, which usually is in the form of telephone, although it could be a computer workstation, a printer, a facsimile machine, or some other device.
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In rate and tariff terminology, line refers to a local loop connection from the telephone company central office (CO) switch to the user premises in support of customer premises equipment (CPE) other than a switch. Such CPE can be in the form of a single-line residence or business set, a multiline set, or the common control unit of a key telephone system (KTS). Such a line is single-channel in nature, i.e., supports a single conversation and is voice grade, i.e., provides enough bandwidth to support a voice conversation, and has a single associated telephone number. A line may be thought of as a tributary of a trunk. See also line side, trunk, and trunk side.
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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.

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A rope, cord, string, or thread, of any thickness.
  • (firefighting) A hose.
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The line of sight or the line of vision.

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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.

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A letter, a written form of communication.

Drop me a line.

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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.

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(military) A trench or rampart, or the non-physical demarcation of the extent of the territory occupied by specified forces.
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The exterior limit of a figure or territory: a boundary, contour, or outline; a demarcation.
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A long tape or ribbon marked with units for measuring; a tape measure.
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That which was measured by a line, such as a field or any piece of land set apart; hence, allotted place of abode.
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A threadlike crease or wrinkle marking the face, hand, or body; hence, a characteristic mark.
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Lineament; feature; figure (of one's body).
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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 (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.

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(military) The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery, etc.
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A series or succession of ancestors or descendants of a given person; a family or race; compare lineage.
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A small amount of text. Specifically:
  • 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.
  • A verse (in poetry).
  • 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.
  • A lie or exaggeration, especially one told to gain another's approval or prevent losing it.
    Don't feed me a line!.
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Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity. [from earlier 17th c.]
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The official, stated position (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.

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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.

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(stock exchange) A number of shares taken by a jobber.
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A measure of length:
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(historical) Alternative name for a maxwell, a unit of magnetic flux.
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(baseball, slang, 1800s, "˜the line') The batter's box.
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(fencing, "˜line of engagement') The position in which the fencers hold their swords.
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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.

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A small portion or serving (of a powdery illegal drug).
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(engineering) The proper relative position or adjustment of parts, not as to design or proportion, but with reference to smooth working.

The engine is in line or out of line.

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To place (objects) into a line (usually used with "up"); to form into a line; to align.

To line troops.

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To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding; to fortify.

To line works with soldiers.

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To form a line along.
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To mark with a line or lines, to cover with lines.

To line a copy book.

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To read or repeat line by line.

To line out a hymn.

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(intransitive, "˜line up') To form or enter into a line.
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(intransitive, baseball) To hit a line drive; to hit a line drive which is caught for an out. Compare fly and ground.
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(obsolete) Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax.
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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.

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To reinforce (the back of a book) with glue and glued scrap material such as fabric or paper.
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To fill or supply (something), as a purse with money.

To line the shelves.

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(now rare, of a dog) To copulate with, to impregnate.
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A course of progress or movement; a route.

A line of flight.

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One of the horizontal scans forming a television image.
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A horizontal demarcation on a scorecard in bridge dividing the honor score from the trick score.
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The proportion of an insurance risk assumed by a particular underwriter or company.
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all along the line
  • In every place.
  • At every stage or moment.
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down the line
  • All the way; throughout:.
    Errors are to be found down the line.
  • At a point or an end in the future.
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in line for
  • Next in order for:.
    In line for the presidency.
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on the line
  • Ready or available for immediate payment.
  • So as to be risked; in jeopardy:.
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out of line
  • Uncalled-for; improper.
  • Unruly and out of control.
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line (one's) pockets
  • To make a profit, especially by illegitimate means.
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all along the line
  • Everywhere.
  • At every turn of events.
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bring (or come or get) into line
  • To bring (or come) into a straight row or into conformity; bring (or come) into alignment.
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down the line
  • Completely; entirely.
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draw the line
  • To set a limit.
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get a line on
  • To find out about.
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hard lines
  • Misfortune; bad luck.
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hit the line
  • To try to carry the ball through the opposing line.
  • To try boldly or firmly to do something.
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hold the line
  • To stand firm; not permit a breakthrough or retreat.
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in line
  • In a straight row; in alignment.
  • In agreement or conformity.
  • Behaving properly or as required.
  • In a row or in some other sequence, awaiting a turn as to be served or to be allowed to proceed.
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in line for
  • Being considered for.
    in line for a promotion.
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in the line of duty
  • In or during the performance of authorized or prescribed duty, esp. military duty.
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lay it on the line
  • To put up or pay money; pay up.
  • To speak frankly and in detail.
  • To stake (one's reputation, etc.) on something.
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line out
  • To be put out by hitting a line drive that is caught by a fielder.
  • To sing or utter forcefully, loudly, or emphatically.
    To line out a song.
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line up
  • To form a line.
  • To bring into a line.
  • To organize effectively, secure a pledge of support from, etc.
  • To take a position (against a competitor or rival).
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on a line
  • In the same plane; level.
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on line
  • In or into active use or production.
    The new plant came on line this year.
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on the line
  • At great risk.
  • At a critical juncture, as between success and failure or life and death.
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out of line
  • Not in a straight line; not in alignment.
  • Not in agreement or conformity.
  • Impertinent, insubordinate, etc.
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read between the lines
  • To discover a hidden meaning or purpose in something written, said, or done.
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the end of the line
  • The point beyond which there can be no further progress; finish; conclusion.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

all along the line
in line for
all along the line
bring (<i>or</i> come <i>or</i> get) into line
hit the line
in line for
lay it on the line
on a line
the end of the line

Origin of line

  • Middle English from Old English līne and from Old French ligne both from Latin līnea string, cord from feminine of līneus of linen from līnum thread, linen lī̆no- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English linen from line flax, linen cloth from Old English līn from Latin līnum lī̆no- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English line, lyne, from Old English lÄ«ne (“line, cable, rope, hawser, series, row, rule, direction"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«nÇ­ (“line, rope, flaxen cord, thread"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«nÄ… (“flax, linen"), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ«n- (“flax").
    From Wiktionary
  • Influenced in Middle English by Middle French ligne (“line"), from Latin linea. More at linen.
    From Wiktionary
  • The oldest sense of the word is "rope, cord, thread"; from this the senses "path", "continuous mark" were derived.
    From Wiktionary
  • Old English lÄ«n (“flax, linen, cloth"). For more information, see the entry "linen".
    From Wiktionary
  • From Middle French ligner.
    From Wiktionary