1. [ 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"

Related terms: formation row rank file lineup linemen chorus picket_line conga_line line_of_succession line_of_march trap_line queue diagonal rivet_line
2. [ noun ] a mark that is long relative to its width

"He drew a line on the chart" "The substance produced characteristic lines on the spectroscope"

Related terms: mark contour shaft guideline guideline spectrum_line ascender hairline squiggle serif ledger_line staff_line dotted_line bar_line trend_line descender isometric graduation cross_hair
3. [ 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"

Related terms: formation file trap_line line_of_succession line_of_march conga_line picket_line queue diagonal rivet_line
4. [ noun ] a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
Related terms: shape curve curve straight_line boundary centerline perimeter geodesic
5. [ noun ] (linguistics,writing) 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"

Related terms: text string spiel heading punch_line verse bottom_line by-line actor's_line dateline line_of_poetry sound_bite opening_line orphan letter stanza
6. [ noun ] (military) a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)

"they attacked the enemy's line"

Related terms: military_position battlefront battle_line line_of_battle firing_line military
7. [ noun ] (physics) a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
Related terms: electromagnetic_radiation electromagnetic_spectrum
8. [ noun ] (psychology) the methodical process of logical reasoning
Synonyms: logical_argument line_of_reasoning argumentation

"I can't follow your line of reasoning"

Related terms: reasoning policy line_of_inquiry casuistry argue
9. [ noun ] (electricity,telecommunications) a cable that provides an electrical connection for telephone or television or power stations
Synonyms: cable transmission_line electrical_cable
Related terms: cable conductor coaxial_cable fiber_optic_cable power_line printer_cable telephone_system cable
10. [ noun ] (electricity) a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
Synonyms: cable transmission_line
Related terms: conductor cable fiber_optic_cable coaxial_cable power_line printer_cable telephone_system cable
11. [ noun ] a connected series of events or actions or developments
Synonyms: course

"the government took a firm course" "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available"

Related terms: series stream
12. [ verb ] be in line with; form a line along; of trees along a river, etc.
Synonyms: run_along
Related terms: lie lie rim
13. [ noun ] a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
Related terms: location path horizon crest axis path part side isogram line_of_sight latitude danger_line waterline water_line watershed hipline flight_line lunar_latitude snow_line timber_line quadrant rhumb_line hemline great_circle agonic_line hipline line_of_force fault_line isogonic_line quadrant aclinic_line
14. [ noun ] a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
Synonyms: wrinkle crinkle crease seam furrow

"his face has many lines" "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"

Related terms: depression frown_line line_of_life line_of_heart crow's_foot dermatoglyphic line_of_fate skin purse wrinkle furrow rumple
15. [ verb ] (clothing) cover the interior of, as of garments

: "line the gloves"

Related terms: cover face babbitt reline crib liner lining
16. [ noun ] (transportation) the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
Synonyms: rail_line railway_line
Related terms: road railroad_track branch_line trunk_line railroad_track railroad_bed
17. [ noun ] a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
Synonyms: pipeline

"a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport"

Related terms: pipe gas_line oil_pipeline Alaskan_pipeline
18. [ noun ] acting in conformity

"in line with" or "he got out of line" or "toe the line"

Related terms: conformity
19. [ noun ] (telecommunications) a telephone connection
Synonyms: phone_line subscriber_line telephone_circuit telephone_line
Related terms: connection private_line WATS land_line toll_line trunk_line party_line digital_subscriber_line hot_line
20. [ noun ] something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

"a washing line"

Related terms: artifact rope cord trace strand towline mooring lanyard ratline painter sheet lifeline shroud lifeline becket drip_loop bitter_end
21. [ noun ] the descendants of one individual
Synonyms: stock ancestry pedigree lineage blood origin blood_line bloodline parentage stemma descent line_of_descent

"his entire lineage has been warriors"

Related terms: genealogy breed family side rear
22. [ noun ] the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
Synonyms: job business occupation line_of_work

"he's not in my line of business"

Related terms: activity job trade career position sport profession game accountancy treadmill farming metier catering photography appointment absorb
23. [ noun ] in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
Related terms: mark foul_line baseline foul_line foul_line baseline finishing_line goal_line red_line scrimmage_line sideline starting_line yardline yard_line balkline
24. [ noun ] (transportation,business) a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
Related terms: carrier railway transit_line steamship_company short_line airline transportation_system
25. [ noun ] (often plural) a means of communication or access
Synonyms: communication_channel channel

"it must go through official channels" "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"

Related terms: communication liaison back_channel lens plural transmit
26. [ noun ] (business) a particular kind of product or merchandise
Synonyms: line_of_products line_of_merchandise business_line line_of_business product_line

"a nice line of shoes"

Related terms: merchandise commodity sideline top_of_the_line
27. [ verb ] mark with lines

"sorrow had lined his face"

Related terms: score reline crisscross hatch wrinkle lineation
28. [ verb ] mark with lines, draw lines on

"The paper was lined"

Related terms: fill mark reline
29. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 14006
30. [ noun ] (music,fine art) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
Synonyms: tune melody air strain melodic_phrase melodic_line

"she was humming an air from Beethoven"

Related terms: music part theme leitmotiv glissando theme_song flourish signature roulade countermelody phrase melodize
31. [ noun ] (psychology) a conceptual separation or demarcation
Synonyms: contrast demarcation dividing_line

: "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"

Related terms: differentiation Rubicon contrast
32. [ noun ] space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
Synonyms: agate_line
Related terms: area_unit
33. [ noun ] (finance) the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
Synonyms: line_of_credit bank_line personal_credit_line personal_line_of_credit credit_line
Related terms: credit consumer_credit
34. [ verb ] make a mark or lines on a surface
Synonyms: draw trace describe delineate outline

"draw a line" "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"

Related terms: mark write construct circumscribe circumscribe inscribe draw draw tracing drawing outline tracing depiction tracer
35. [ verb ] fill plentifully

"line one's pockets"

Related terms: fill
36. [ verb ] reinforce with fabric

"lined books are more enduring"

Related terms: reinforce
37. [ noun ] (writing) a short personal letter
Synonyms: note billet short_letter

"drop me a line when you get there"

Related terms: personal_letter excuse
38. [ noun ] (work) mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
Synonyms: assembly_line production_line
Related terms: system mechanical_system factory conveyer_belt
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