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service line

Tennis. the rear boundary of a service court.
a line running parallel to the front wall in certain court games, as handball or squash, that marks a boundary of the service area.
Origin of service line
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Subsequently the distance of the service line from the net was fixed at 21-ft., and the height of the net at 3-ft.

  • Throw the switch over to the service line, and your accumulator is ready to furnish light if you turn on your lamps.

    Electricity for the farm Frederick Irving Anderson
  • This defect was remedied in 1878 by bringing the service line four feet nearer the net, from twenty-six feet to twenty-two feet.

  • That point marks the end of the service line, and a straight line drawn across it will intersect in the middle the diagonal lines.

    Making a Tennis Court George E. Walsh
British Dictionary definitions for service line

service line

noun (in certain racket games)
the line at the back of the court behind which the server must stand when serving
a line indicating the boundary of a permissible service, as on the backwall of a squash court
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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