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Line or lines may refer to:

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Sewing and fashion

The abbreviation LINE


  • A length of rope, cable, or chain when put to use (such as a clothesline, anchor line)
  • A line or queue of people waiting in a queue area
  • A thin continuous length of ink or other marking in a drawing
  • A geographical or political border that is clearly defined and demarcated
  • Lines (punishment), punishment by forced writing of text
  • Party line (politics), an idiom for a political party or social movement's canon agenda
  • Lines of cocaine
  • Lines (video game)
  • Line (Drinking game)
  • A one-, two- or three-line whip, a notice issued by a Chief Whip in the UK parliament
  • A "straight line" is used to set up a joke, while the punch line completes it
  • Line Islands, an island group in the central Pacific
  • Occupation, trade, career. ie: "line of work"
  • A Drug (available in various levels of purity up to and including 50%) dispensed in trade for "Junk Tags" (a form of barter), in the Yaoi/BL video game, Togainu no Chi.

See also


Line or lines may refer to:


  • Aaran Lines, New Zealand international football (soccer) player
  • Dick Lines (born 1938), former Canadian baseball player that went to Toronto
  • Richard D. Lines, American amateur astronomer

In science and technology

In transport

In business

In the military

In sport

In the arts

The abbreviation LINE

See also


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Most common English words: act « la « further « #483: line » added » toward » feeling


Middle English line from Old English līne "line, cable, rope, hawser, series, row, rule, direction" from Proto-Germanic *līnon, līnion (line, rope, flaxen cord, thread) from Proto-Germanic *līnan (flax, linen) from Proto-Indo-European *līn- (flax). Akin to Old High German līna "line" (German Leine "rope"), Middle Dutch līne "rope, cord" (Dutch lijn "rope"), Old Norse līna "cord, rope" (Danish line "rope, cord"), Old English līn "flax, linen, cloth", Old Frisian līn "flax, linen", Old Saxon līn "flax, linen", Middle Dutch līn "flax" (Dutch lijn "flax"), Old High German līn "flax, linen" (German Lein "flax, linen"), Gothic lein "linen, cloth", Latin linea "linen, thread, string, line", linum "flax, thread, linen, cable", Ancient Greek λίνον (línon) "flax, linen, thread, garment", Old Church Slavonic linŭ "flax", Lithuanian linai "flax", Irish līn, lion "flax". Influenced in Middle English by French ligne "line" from Latin linea.





line (plural lines)

  1. A rope, cord, string, or thread; a slender, strong cord, or a cord of any thickness; a hawser.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Who so layeth lines for to latch fowls. — Piers Plowman
    fishing line, anchor line, clothesline, towline
  2. A path through two or more points (see also segment), a continuous mark, including as made by a pen, pencil, or graver; any path.
    • 1816: Percy Shelley, The Daemon of the World
      The atmosphere in flaming sparkles flew; / And where the burning wheels / Eddied above the mountain’s loftiest peak / Was traced a line of lightning.
    a chalk line was drawn around the body
    The arrow descended in a curved line.
    The place is remote from lines of travel.
  3. (geometry) An infinitely extending one-dimensional figure that has no curvature; one that has length but not breadth or thickness.
  4. (geometry, informal) A line segment; a continuous finite segment of such a figure.
  5. A written or printed row of letters, words, numbers, or other text, especially a row of words extending across a page or column
    The answer to the comprehension question can be found in the third line of the accompanying text.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): In the preceding line Ulysses speaks of Nausicaa. — Broome
    1. by extension, a verse (in poetry)
    1. by extension; such a line as read aloud:
    2. (screenplay, theater) a sentence of dialogue, as in a screenplay.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): It’s a small part, I have 12 lines in the movie. — Geneveve Bujold in Earthquake
  6. The official, stated position (or set of positions) of an individual or group, particularly a political or religious faction.
    Remember, your answers must match the party line.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Their line is gone out through all the earth. — Ps. xix. 4
  7. A letter, a written form of communication.
    Drop me a line.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
    Painting of Prussian Infantry attacking in lines during the Battle of Hohenfriedberg.
    The line forms on the right.
    There is a line of houses.
    • 1817: Percy Shelley, The Revolt of Islam
      A band of brothers gathering round me, made, / Although unarmed, a steadfast front, [...] now the line / Of war extended, to our rallying cry / As myriads flocked in love and brotherhood to die.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Unite thy forces and attack their lines. — Dryden
  10. (military) The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery, etc.
  11. (military) A trench or rampart, or the non-physical demarcation of the extent of the territory occupied by specified armed forces.
    • 1917, John Masefield, The Old Front Line
      This description of the old front line, as it was when the Battle of the Somme began, may some day be of use. [...] It is hoped that this description of the line will be followed by an account of our people's share in the battle.
  12. The products or services sold by a business, or by extension, the business itself.
    line of business, product line
    How many buses does the line have?
    The airline is in danger of bankruptcy.
    A ship of the line.
  13. (fencing, ‘line of engagement’) The position in which the fencers hold their swords.
  14. (graph theory) An edge of a graph.
  15. (cricket) The horizontal path of a ball towards the batsman (see also length).
  16. (baseball, slang, 1800s, ‘the line’) The batter’s box.
  17. (obsolete) Flax; linen, particularly the longer fiber of flax.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Garments made of line. — Spenser
  18. Direction
    the line of sight or the line of vision
  19. Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): He is uncommonly powerful in his own line, but it is not the line of a first-rate man. — Coleridge
  20. The exterior limit of a figure, plat, or territory; a boundary; a contour; an outline; a demarcation.
    • 1674John Milton, Paradise Lost, book IV
      Eden stretchd her Line / From Auran Eastward to the Royal Towrs / Of great Seleucia,
  21. A threadlike crease marking the face or the hand; hence, characteristic mark.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): Though on his brow were graven lines austere. — Byron
    (A date for this quote is being sought): He tipples palmistry, and dines On all her fortune-telling lines. — Cleveland
  22. Lineament; feature; figure (of one's body).
  23. A series or succession of ancestors or descendants of a given person; a family or race; compare lineage.
  24. 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
  25. (geography) A circle of latitude or of longitude, as represented on a map.
  26. (geography, ‘the line’ or ‘equinoctial line’) The equator.
    to cross the line
  27. A long tape, or a narrow ribbon of steel, etc., marked with subdivisions, as feet and inches, for measuring; a tapeline.
  28. (Biblical) That which was measured by a line, as a field or any piece of land set apart; hence, allotted place of abode.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yes. I have a goodly heritage. — Ps. xvi. 6
  29. (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 / out of line
  30. (music) One of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged strokes on and between which the notes are placed.
  31. (stock exchange) A number of shares taken by a jobber.
  32. A measure of length equal to one twelfth of an inch.
    • 1883: Alfred Swaine Taylor, Thomas Stevenson, The principles and practice of medical jurisprudence
      The cutis measures in thickness from a quarter of a line to a line and a half (a line is one-twelfth of an inch).
  33. (firefighting) A hose.


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to line

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to line (third-person singular simple present lines, present participle lining, simple past and past participle lined)

  1. (transitive) To cover the inside/inner surface of (something).
    The bird lines its nest with soft grass.
    to line a cloak with silk or fur
    to line a box with paper or tin
  2. (transitive) To fill or supply (something), as a purse with money.
    (A date for this quote is being sought): The charge amounteth very high for any one man’s purse, except lined beyond ordinary, to reach unto. — Carew.
  3. (transitive) To place (objects) into a line (usually used with "up"); to form into a line; to align.
    to line troops
  4. (transitive) To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding; to fortify.
    to line works with soldiers
  5. (transitive) To mark with a line or lines, to cover with lines.
    to line a copy book
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To impregnate (applied to brute animals). — Creech.
  8. (transitive) To read or repeat line by line.
    to line out a hymn
  9. (intransitive, ‘line up’) To form or enter into a line.
  10. (intransitive, baseball) To hit a line drive; to hit a line drive which is caught for an out. Compare fly and ground.
    • Jones lined to left in his last at-bat.

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line f. inv.

  1. line management
  2. editing (of a TV programme)

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Old English


Proto-Germanic *līnon, līnion (line, rope, flaxen cord, thread) from Proto-Germanic *līnan (flax, linen) from Proto-Indo-European *līn- (flax). Akin to Old High German līna "line" (German Leine "rope"), Middle Dutch līne "rope, cord" (Dutch lijn "rope"), Old Norse līna "cord, rope" (Danish line "rope, cord"), Old English līn "flax, linen, cloth"


līne f.

  1. line, rope, cable
  2. row, series
  3. direction, rule


Singular Plural
nominative līne līnan
accusative līnan līnan
genitive līnan līnena
dative līnan līnum

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Simple English

[[File:|thumb|This is a line that curves]] A line is the path of one point moving. A line has length but no width. A line is a type of geometric figure.

A line is made up of an endless number of points.


Line Segments

A line segment is part of a line. An example of a straight line segment:

Straight and Curved Lines

A line can be straight or curved. The word line usually means a straight line. A straight line is the shortest distance between two points. A straight line is the direction of a point moving in a direction that does not change.

A curved line is sometimes called a curve.

For example, the edge of a circle is not straight. The edge of a circle bends in a curve.

Naming Lines

Lines can get their names from any two points on the line. For example, if a line has a point named "A" on the line and a point named "B" on the line, then the line can be called either "AB" or "BA".

Sometimes, lines are also named with just one letter; for example, line A.

Two Lines

Two lines can be:

  • Parallel: Two lines are parallel if they are on the same plane and they never touch.
  • Concurrent: Two lines are concurrent if they touch on one point.
  • Coincident: Two lines are coincident if they are made of the same points.
  • Perpendicular: Two lines are perpendicular if they make four right angles where they touch.
  • skew: Two lines are skew if they are not parallel but they never touch.

Compare: point, plane

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