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broken line

a discontinuous line or series of line segments, as a series of dashes, or a figure made up of line segments meeting at oblique angles.
a highway marking consisting of a series of disconnected line segments painted between lanes of a roadway, indicating that crossing from one to the other is permissible. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The ground-water level will then be altered as shown by the broken line in the draining.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • They passed the infantry in the darkness, pushing the broken line into the ditch and scrub.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The penalty for any carelessness in this regard is a broken line.

  • From where she stood at one side she could see a broken line of the crowd.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
  • A horrible fear came upon me as I got beyond the broken line.

    A Veldt Vendetta Bertram Mitford
  • The broken line just inside the orbit of I represents the size of the moon's orbit.

    A Text-Book of Astronomy George C. Comstock
  • Griswold saw no significance in the broken line of Margery's message.

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • The orderly procession of the start became a broken line, and then a rout.

  • The stags waited in a broken line, looking for certain girls.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • Nor did the advantage of the broken line escape the notice of the subject.

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