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range line

(in U.S. public-land surveys) one of two parallel lines running north and south that define the east and west borders of a township.
Compare township (def 2), township line.
Origin of range line
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nels Anderson, their boss, keeps them all riding our range line.

  • This "range line House" was inhabited now—a settler was putting in winter-residence so he might not lose his claim.

    Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove
  • They swung westward along the range line to the place where Doug and Slim had picked off the tracks of the missing cattle.

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