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white line

a stripe of white paint, tiles, or the like, that marks the center or outer edge of a road.
a white layer in a horse's hoof.
any blank or white part, line, stripe, or margin.
Origin of white line
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • On moderately clear days, the white line of the French coast may be seen from the hotel.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • His sallow face was red; his thin lips compressed to a white line.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • With hyperplasia of lamina, at the anterior portion of the distal phalanx, there results a thick "white line."

    Lameness of the Horse John Victor Lacroix
  • His lids half closed as his lips tightened to a thin, white line.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Beyond, the white line of the walls and the infinite stretch of azure sea glittering in the sunshine.

  • The attack at that point had failed, and the white line was yet complete.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • There was no white line of foam to betray her movement through the black water.

    A Little Traitor to the South Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • This work leaves a white line or mark on the card that cannot be shaded.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • The matting was made by the sailors, of rope, or white line, plaited curiously.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • His eyes were black; there was a white line about his nostrils.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
British Dictionary definitions for white line

white line

a line or strip of white in the centre of a road to separate traffic going in different directions
a white lamination in the hoof of a horse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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white line in Medicine

white line n.
See linea alba.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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