What is the meaning of line?


  • A formation of people or things one beside another.
    • usage: "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"
  • A mark that is long relative to its width.
    • usage: "He drew a line on the chart"
  • A formation of people or things one behind another.
    • usage: "the line stretched clear around the corner"; "you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter"
  • A length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point.
  • Text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen.
    • usage: "the letter consisted of three short lines"; "there are six lines in every stanza"
  • A single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum.
  • A fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops. )
    • usage: "they attacked the enemy's line"
  • A course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning.
    • usage: "I can't follow your line of reasoning"
  • A conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power.
  • A connected series of events or actions or developments.
    • usage: "the government took a firm course"; "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available"
  • A spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent.
  • A slight depression in the smoothness of a surface.
    • usage: "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
  • A pipe used to transport liquids or gases.
    • usage: "a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport"
  • The road consisting of railroad track and roadbed.
  • A telephone connection.
  • Acting in conformity.
    • usage: "in line with"; "he got out of line"; "toe the line"
  • The descendants of one individual.
    • usage: "his entire lineage has been warriors"
  • Something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible.
    • usage: "a washing line"
  • The principal activity in your life that you do to earn money.
    • usage: "he's not in my line of business"
  • In games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area.
  • Often plural. ( a means of communication or access)
    • usage: "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
  • A particular kind of product or merchandise.
    • usage: "a nice line of shoes"
  • A commercial organization serving as a common carrier.
  • Space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising.
  • The maximum credit that a customer is allowed.
  • A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence.
    • usage: "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
  • Persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress.
    • usage: "`let me show you my etchings' is a rather worn line"; "he has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it"; "that salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk"
  • A short personal letter.
    • usage: "drop me a line when you get there"
  • A conceptual separation or distinction.
    • usage: "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
  • Mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it.


  • Be in line with; form a line along.
    • usage: "trees line the riverbank"
  • Cover the interior of.
    • usage: "line the gloves"; "line a chimney"
  • Make a mark or lines on a surface.
    • usage: "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
  • Mark with lines.
    • usage: "sorrow had lined his face"
  • Fill plentifully.
    • usage: "line one's pockets"
  • Reinforce with fabric.
    • usage: "lined books are more enduring"
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APAWordNet. (2010). line. Retrieved October 18, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/line/definitions/1193819
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "line" http://smartdefine.org/line/definitions/1193819 (accessed October 18, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, line, Smart Define, viewed 18 October, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/line/definitions/1193819>.
MLAWordNet. "line" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 October 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/line/definitions/1193819>
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