Noun: line lIn
Verb: line lIn
- 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"
- A mark that is long relative to its width
"He drew a line on the chart"
- 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"
- 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
"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)
"they attacked the enemy's line"
- 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"
- Be in line with; form a line along
"trees line the riverbank"
- run along
- Cover the interior of
"line the gloves"; "line a chimney"
- Make a mark or lines on a surface
"draw a line"
- trace, draw, describe, delineate
- Mark with lines
"sorrow had lined his face"
- Fill plentifully
"line one's pockets"
- Reinforce with fabric
"lined books are more enduring"
Derived forms: lining, lines, lined
See also: interlineal, lineal, lineation, liner, lining
Type of: abidance, abstract thought, activity, area unit, artefact [Brit], artifact [N. Amer], carrier, common carrier, communicating, communication, compliance, conductor, conformation, conformity, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion [Brit], cover, credit, depression, differentiation, distinction, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, family tree, fill, fill up, form, formation, genealogy, impression, imprint, lie, location, logical thinking, make full, mark, mechanical system, merchandise, military position, music [archaic], nock, nonparticulate radiation, personal letter, persuasion, pipage, pipe, piping, position, print, product, reasoning, reenforce, reinforce, road, route, score, series, shape, square measure, suasion, text, textual matter, ware
Part of: cable, cable system, cable television, cable television service, cutis, electromagnetic spectrum, factory, letter, manufactory, manufacturing plant, mill, missive, phone system, skin, stanza, tegument, telephone system, transit, transportation, transportation system
Encyclopedia: Line Line, Saint Anne
ABOVE-THE-LINE, ADVANCE-DECLINE LINE, ASSEMBLY LINE, BELOW-THE-LINE, BOTTOM LINE, CREDIT LINE, DOTTED LINE, FIRING LINE, FIXED LINE, FRONT LINE, FRONT-LINE, IN-LINE, LOAD LINE, OLD-LINE, PICKET LINE, PRODUCTION LINE, PRODUCT LINE, REPORTING LINE, SUBJECT LINE, TAG LINE, TIE LINE, TOP LINE, TOP-OF-THE-LINE, TREND LINE, UNEMPLOYMENT LINE
a type of product made or sold by the same company:
We sell an exclusive line of children's clothing.
Dell has recently moved to expand its line of products.
The company has sold some of its business lines.
We tried to have a full line of products.
Sales of two new computer lines pushed revenues to $265m.
a system of making sth in a factory, in which the product moves from one worker to the next until it is finished:
A new car rolled off the line every 49 seconds.
teams of line workers
The company says it can slash its line costs by 12.5%.
a telephone connection; a particular telephone number:
If you hold the line
(= stay on the telephone and wait), I'll see if she is available.
Your bill includes line rental.
Our phone lines have been jammed
(= busy) all day.
⇨ HELPLINE, HOTLINE
4 [C, usually sing.]
a series of people in order of importance:
a line of command
He is second in line to the chairman.
Orders came down the line from the very top.
In a line structure, a company is usually organised into functional departments, each headed by a senior manager, below whom there is a chain of command.
⇨ LINE MANAGER
a type or area of business, activity or interest:
My line of work pays pretty well.
a supply of sth such as credit:
The company has already put in place new lines of credit to cover about $100 m.
Mobile operators hope MMS picture messaging will be a new line of revenue.
7 [C] (AmE) = QUEUE (1,2):
to stand/wait in line for sth
A line formed at each teller window.
(often used in names) a company that provides transport for people or goods:
The two cruise lines said they remained confident of success.
The restructuring is expected to benefit Delta Air Lines.
9 (Finance ) [C]
a number or group of a particular share, bond, etc:
a line of 1.9 m shares
The US broker was dumping large lines of stock.
be, come, etc. on line
to start to operate; to become available:
The new working methods will come on line in June.
using or connected to a computer or the Internet; communicating with other people by computer:
All our offices are now on line.
be in the line of fire
to be in a position where people can criticize or blame you
bring sb/sth, come, get, fall, etc. into line (with sb/sth)
to behave or make sb/sth behave in the same way as other people or how they should behave:
We need to bring capacity into line with demand.
City experts were now coming into line with the official view.
The reforms aim to bring the public sector more into line with the private sector.
under control or at an appropriate or expected level:
It takes some time for a big company to get expenses in line.
in line (for sth)
likely to get sth:
She is in line for promotion.
Mr Jones is in line for a multi-million dollar bonus.
The SEC is in line to receive at least $567 million in funding.
in line with sth
similar to sth or so that one thing is closely connected with another:
Annual pay increases will be in line with inflation.
The results were in line with analysts' expectations.
(put sth) on the line (informal)
The proposed cutbacks have put 5 000 jobs on the line.
The company's reputation is on the line.
toe the line (AmE also toe the mark)
to do what sb in authority tells or orders you to do, even if you do not think it is right:
Civil servants who refuse to toe the line are removed from office.
CROSS, FIRING LINE, LAY, OUT, SIGN verb
line your (own)/sb's pockets
to get richer or make sb richer, especially by taking unfair advantage of a situation or by being dishonest:
Why should I work 16 hours a day to line someone else's pockets?
to stand in a line or row; to form a queue:
We had people lining up outside the store since 4 a.m.
Investors have been lining up to buy shares in the company
(= wanting to do it very much).
line up (behind sb/sth)
to support sb/sth on a particular issue:
Other Board members appear to have lined up behind the CEO.
line sb/sth up
to arrange for an event or activity to happen, or arrange for sb to be available to do sth:
They had lined up a manufacturer to fill the order.
She had another job lined up for when her present contract expired.