- 1. a long, narrow mark or band: "a row of closely spaced dots will look like a continuous line" Similar
- ▪ a straight or curved continuous extent of length without breadth.
- ▪ a direct course: "the ball rose in a straight line" Similar
- ▪ a furrow or wrinkle in the skin of the face or hands: "there were new lines around her eyes and mouth" Similar
- ▪ a contour or outline considered as a feature of design or composition: "crisp architectural lines" Similar
- ▪ (on a map or graph) a curve connecting all points having a specified common property.
- ▪ a line marking the starting or finishing point in a race: "a good position at the start line will put you in the front rank on the first leg"
- ▪ a line marked on a field or court that relates to the rules of a game or sport: "Dunne was on hand to bundle the ball over the line"
- ▪ the line of scrimmage.
- ▪ the equator.
- ▪ a notional limit or boundary: "the issue of peace cut across class lines" Similar
- ▪ each of the very narrow horizontal sections forming a television picture.
- ▪ a narrow range of the spectrum that is noticeably brighter or darker than the adjacent parts.
- ▪ the level of the base of most letters, such as h and x, in printing and writing.
- ▪ denoting an illustration or graphic consisting of lines and solid areas, with no gradation of tone: "a line block"
- ▪ each of (usually five) horizontal lines forming a staff in musical notation.
- ▪ a sequence of notes or tones forming an instrumental or vocal melody: "a powerful melodic line"
- ▪ a dose of a powdered narcotic or hallucinatory drug, especially cocaine or heroin, laid out in a line. informal
- 2. a length of cord, rope, wire, or other material serving a particular purpose: "wring the clothes and hang them on the line" Similar
- ▪ a length of sterile tubing inserted into a vein or artery in order to provide temporary access, typically so as to administer fluids or withdraw blood: "he's having an op this morning to put a line in his chest for IV drugs"
- ▪ a telephone connection: "she had a crank on the line"
- ▪ a railroad track.
- ▪ a branch or route of a railroad system: "the Philadelphia to Baltimore line"
- ▪ a company that provides ships, aircraft, or buses on particular routes on a regular basis: "a major shipping line"
- 3. a horizontal row of written or printed words: "take the cursor up one line and press the delete key"
- ▪ a part of a poem forming one row of written or printed words: "each stanza has eight lines" Similar
- ▪ the words of an actor's part in a play or film: "he couldn't seem to remember his lines and had to read his dialogue off boards" Similar
- ▪ an amount of text or number of repetitions of a sentence written out as a school punishment: British "five hundred lines to anyone caught sneaking in before the bell!"
- 4. a row of people or things: "a line of acolytes proceeded down the aisle"
- ▪ a row or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed. North American
- ▪ a connected series of people following one another in time (used especially of several generations of a family): "we follow the history of a family through the male line" Similar
- ▪ (in football, hockey, etc.) a set of players in the forwardmost positions for offense or defense. US
- ▪ one of the positions on the line of scrimmage.
- ▪ a series of related things: "the bill is the latest in a long line of measures to protect society from criminals" Similar
- ▪ a range of commercial goods: "the company intends to hire more people and expand its product line" Similar
- ▪ the point spread for sports events on which bets may be made. US
- 5. an area or branch of activity: "the stresses unique to their line of work" Similar
- ▪ a direction, course, or channel: "he opened another line of attack" Similar
- ▪ a manner of doing or thinking about something: "you can't run a business on these lines" Similar
- ▪ an agreed-upon approach; a policy: "the official line is that there were no chemical attacks on allied troops"
- ▪ a false or exaggerated account or story: informal "he feeds me a line about this operation" Similar
- 6. a connected series of military fieldworks or defenses facing an enemy force: "raids behind enemy lines" Similar
- ▪ an arrangement of soldiers or ships in a column or line formation; a line of battle. Similar
- ▪ regular army regiments (as opposed to auxiliary forces or household troops).
- 1. stand or be positioned at intervals along: "a processional route lined by people waving flags" Similar
- 2. mark or cover with lines: "deep wrinkles lined his face" Similar
- 3. hit a line drive.
Word Origin Old Englishlīne ‘rope, series’, probably of Germanic origin, from Latin linea (fibra) ‘flax (fiber)’, from Latin linum ‘flax’, reinforced in Middle English by Old French ligne, based on Latin linea.
Scrabble Points: 4
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