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[air-lahyn] /ˈɛərˌlaɪn/
straight; direct; traveling a direct route:
Some railroads advertise air-line routes between stations.
Origin of air-line
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Tupelo is about forty miles south of Rienzi, on an air-line.

    The Iron Furnace John H. Aughey
  • It is seventy miles in an air-line from Stony Crossing to the fort.

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Like his companion, this insect rose and encircled the stump several times, ere it darted away toward its hive, in an air-line.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • The animal flew in an air-line toward a point of wood distant fully half a mile, and on the margin of the prairie.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • Although he moved swiftly, and nearly by an air-line, his thoughts scarce kept company with his feet.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • Leave her in quiet possession of the road, and we take an air-line over her back.

  • We left the track in an air-line course for the dark mystery out of which the noise came.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • We had made twenty miles through the air-line distance from Annoatok, and Cape Sabine was but thirty miles away.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • Vogel's suspicion of an air-line in the spectrum of Vesta has, accordingly, not been confirmed.

  • Jimmy could see this point easily, for it was hardly more than a dozen miles in an air-line.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss

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