1. 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
2. a mark that is long relative to its width
- He drew a line on the chart
3. 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
4. a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
5. 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
6. a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
Definition categories: phenomenon
7. a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
- they attacked the enemy's line
8. a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
- I can't follow your line of reasoning
9. a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
Similar word(s): cable
Definition categories: man–made, conductor
10. a connected series of events or actions or developments
- historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available
Similar word(s): course
11. a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
Definition categories: location
12. a slight depression or fold in the smoothness of a surface
- his face has many lines
13. a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
- a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport
Similar word(s): pipeline
14. the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
15. a telephone connection
16. acting in conformity
- in line with
- he got out of line
- toe the line
17. the descendants of one individual
- his entire lineage has been warriors
18. something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
- a washing line
19. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
- he's not in my line of business
20. in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
21. (often plural) a means of communication or access
- lines of communication were set up between the two firms
Similar word(s): channel
22. a particular kind of product or merchandise
- a nice line of shoes
23. a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
Definition categories: man–made, carrier
24. space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
Definition categories: quantity
25. the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
26. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
27. persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress
- `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
28. a short personal letter
- drop me a line when you get there
Definition categories: communication
29. a conceptual separation or distinction
- there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity
30. mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
Definition categories: man–made
Sentences with line as a noun:
- The arrow descended in a curved line.
- the line of sight; the line of vision
- 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.
- Drop me a line.
- a line of stages; an express line
- The line forms on the right.
- There is a line of houses.
- The answer to the comprehension question can be found in the third line of the accompanying text.
- He was perfecting his pickup lines for use at the bar.
- "It is what it is" was one his more annoying lines.
- Don't feed me a line!
- Remember, your answers must match the party line.
- line of business, product line
- How many buses does the line have?
- The airline is in danger of bankruptcy.
- the engine is in line / out of line
1. be in line with; form a line along
- trees line the riverbank
2. cover the interior of
- line the gloves
- line a chimney
3. make a mark or lines on a surface
- draw a line
- trace the outline of a figure in the sand
4. mark with lines
- sorrow had lined his face
5. fill plentifully
- line one's pockets
6. reinforce with fabric
- lined books are more enduring
Sentences with line as a verb:
- to line troops
- to line works with soldiers
- to line a copy book
- to line out a hymn
- Jones lined to left in his last at-bat.
- 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
- to line the shelves