Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Line
  1. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he''s not in my line of business"
  2. acting in conformity; "in line with"; "he got out of line"; "toe the line"
  3. a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
  4. something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line"
  5. the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
  6. a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
  7. a particular kind of product or merchandise; "a nice line of shoes"
  8. a pipe used to transport liquids or gases; "a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport"
  9. mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
  10. a telephone connection
  11. a conceptual separation or demarcation; "there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity"
  12. the methodical process of logical reasoning; "I can''t follow your line of reasoning"
  13. (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms"
  14. a short personal letter; "drop me a line when you get there"
  15. a mark that is long relative to its width; "He drew a line on the chart"; "The substance produced characteristic lines on the spectroscope"
  16. 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"
  17. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
  18. the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors"
  19. a connected series of events or actions or developments; "the government took a firm course"; "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available"
  20. 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"
  21. 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"
  22. a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  23. in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
  24. a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops); "they attacked the enemy''s line"
  25. a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
  26. the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
  27. space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
  28. a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
  29. a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface; "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
  30. reinforce with fabric; "lined books are more enduring"
  31. fill plentifully; "line one''s pockets"
  32. cover the interior of (garments); "line the gloves"
  33. mark with lines; "sorrow had lined his face"
  34. make a mark or lines on a surface; "draw a line"; "trace the outline of a figure in the sand"
  35. be in line with; form a line along; "trees line the riverbank"
Similar Words: occupation, business, job, line of work, cable, transmission line, railway line, rail line, product line, line of products, line of merchandise, business line, line of business, pipeline, production line, assembly line, telephone line, phone line, telephone circuit, subscriber line, dividing line, demarcation, contrast, argumentation, logical argument, line of reasoning, channel, communication channel, note, short letter, billet, tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, melodic phrase, lineage, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock, course, credit line, line of credit, bank line, personal credit line, personal line of credit, agate line, wrinkle, furrow, crease, crinkle, seam, trace, draw, describe, delineate, run along


Hyponyms: sport, farming, land, game, biz, career, calling, vocation, employment, work, appointment, position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation, treadmill, salt mine, trade, craft, profession, metier, medium, accountancy, accounting, photography, catering, coaxial cable, coax, coax cable, electrical cable, fiber optic cable, fibre optic cable, power line, power cable, printer cable, becket, cord, lanyard, laniard, lifeline, mooring, mooring line, painter, ratline, ratlin, rope, sheet, tack, mainsheet, weather sheet, shroud, strand, towline, towrope, towing line, towing rope, trace, branch line, spur track, spur, trunk line, trunk route, airline, airline business, airway, railway, railroad, railroad line, railway line, railway system, steamship company, steamship line, transit line, sideline, Alaskan pipeline, trans-Alaska pipeline, gas line, oil pipeline, digital subscriber line, DSL, hot line, land line, landline, party line, private line, toll line, WATS, WATS line, Rubicon, point of no return, line of inquiry, line of questioning, casuistry, policy, back channel, lens, liaison, link, contact, inter-group communication, excuse, cross hair, cross wire, dotted line, ascender, bar line, descender, squiggle, curlicue, spectrum line, trend line, isometric line, isometric, graduation, guideline, hairline, shaft, serif, seriph, staff line, ledger line, leger line, opening line, heading, header, head, line of poetry, line of verse, by-line, credit line, dateline, verse, verse line, punch line, laugh line, gag line, tag line, actor's line, speech, words, orphan, spiel, patter, line of gab, sound bite, bottom line, flourish, fanfare, tucket, glissando, roulade, leitmotiv, leitmotif, theme song, signature, signature tune, theme, melodic theme, musical theme, idea, part, voice, family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, sept, phratry, breed, side, stream, flow, current, diagonal, file, single file, Indian file, line of march, line of succession, picket line, conga line, trap line, queue, waiting line, rivet line, chorus, chorus line, linemen, lineup, row, rank, axis, aclinic line, magnetic equator, agonic line, isogonic line, isogonal line, isogone, crest, timber line, timberline, tree line, snow line, fault line, great circle, hemline, hipline, horizon, apparent horizon, visible horizon, sensible horizon, skyline, isogram, isopleth, isarithm, flight line, line of sight, line of vision, latitude, line of latitude, parallel of latitude, parallel, lunar latitude, path, route, itinerary, quadrant, quarter-circle, rhumb line, rhumb, loxodrome, danger line, waterline, water line, water level, watermark, watershed, water parting, divide, track, course, line of force, field line, balkline, baulk-line, string line, finishing line, finish line, foul line, baseline, goal line, red line, scrimmage line, line of scrimmage, service line, out of bounds, start, starting line, yard line, firing line, battlefront, front, front line, line of battle, battle line, consumer credit, curve, curved shape, straight line, geodesic, geodesic line, perimeter, centerline, center line, boundary, edge, bound, crow's foot, crow's feet, dermatoglyphic, frown line, line of life, life line, line of heart, heart line, love line, mensal line, line of fate, line of destiny, line of Saturn, reline, face, crib, babbitt, hatch, crisscross, construct, inscribe, circumscribe, write, rim


Grouped Verbs: draw


Part Meronyms: telephone system, phone system, cable, cable television, cable system, cable television service, transportation system, transportation, transit, factory, mill, manufacturing plant, manufactory, stanza, letter, missive, electromagnetic spectrum, skin, tegument, cutis


Derivational Morphology: absorb, engross, engage, occupy, contrast, counterpoint, demarcate, argue, reason, indicate, conduct, transmit, convey, carry, channel, canalize, canalise, transfer, transport, channelize, channelise, trace, draw, describe, delineate, melodize, melodise, rear, raise, bring up, nurture, parent, derive, come, descend, run along, rumple, crumple, wrinkle, crease, crinkle, ruckle, scrunch, scrunch up, crisp, furrow, purse, liner, lining, seam, outline, lineation, delineation, depiction, limning, line drawing, portrayal, drawing, tracing, tracer


Anagrams: lien, Nile


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: lyn   Dutch: rechte  
Finnish: suora   French: droite  
German: gerade   Greek: γραμμή  
Italian: linea   Portuguese: reta  
Russian: линия   Swedish: linje  
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