(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: group, formation

2. a mark that is long relative to its width

- He drew a line on the chart

Definition categories: communication, mark, print

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

Definition categories: group, formation

4. a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point

Definition categories: shape, form

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

Definition categories: communication, text

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

Definition categories: location, position

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

Similar word(s): argument, argumentation

Definition categories: thought, 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

Definition categories: group, series

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

Similar word(s): crease, crinkle, furrow, seam, wrinkle

Definition categories: shape, depression, impression, imprint

13. a pipe used to transport liquids or gases

- a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport

Similar word(s): pipeline

Definition categories: man–made, pipage, pipe, piping

14. the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed

Definition categories: man–made, road, route

15. a telephone connection

Definition categories: man–made, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion

16. acting in conformity

- in line with

- he got out of line

- toe the line

Definition categories: act, abidance, compliance, conformation, conformity

17. the descendants of one individual

- his entire lineage has been warriors

Similar word(s): ancestry, blood, bloodline, descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock

Definition categories: group, genealogy

18. something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

- a washing line

Definition categories: man–made, artefact, artifact

19. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

- he's not in my line of business

Similar word(s): business, job, occupation

Definition categories: act, activity

20. in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area

Definition categories: location, mark, print

21. (often plural) a means of communication or access

- lines of communication were set up between the two firms

Similar word(s): channel

Definition categories: communication, communicating

22. a particular kind of product or merchandise

- a nice line of shoes

Definition categories: man–made, merchandise, product, ware

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

Definition categories: possession, credit

26. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

Similar word(s): air, melody, strain, tune

Definition categories: communication, music

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

Definition categories: communication, persuasion, suasion

28. a short personal letter

- drop me a line when you get there

Similar word(s): billet, note

Definition categories: communication

29. a conceptual separation or distinction

- there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity

Similar word(s): contrast, demarcation

Definition categories: thought, differentiation, distinction

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

Definition categories: stative, lie

2. cover the interior of

- line the gloves

- line a chimney

Definition categories: contact, cover

3. make a mark or lines on a surface

- draw a line

- trace the outline of a figure in the sand

Similar word(s): delineate, describe, draw, trace

Definition categories: contact, mark

4. mark with lines

- sorrow had lined his face

Definition categories: contact, mark, nock, score

5. fill plentifully

- line one's pockets

Definition categories: change, fill

6. reinforce with fabric

- lined books are more enduring

Definition categories: change, reenforce, reinforce

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