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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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Examples from the Web for white line
Historical Examples
  • It was the "white line" that gave wood engraving its special quality.

    Why Bewick Succeeded

    Jacob Kainen
  • He pointed to the white line which was advancing in the blackness.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • His lids half closed as his lips tightened to a thin, white line.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • It consisted in the employment of what is technically known as “white line.”

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • His sallow face was red; his thin lips compressed to a white line.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • Jeremy went to the bows where he could see the white line of shore ahead.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • The attack at that point had failed, and the white line was yet complete.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • It was there,” he said, “quite close to that end of the white line on the water.

    With Airship and Submarine Harry Collingwood
  • But there was only a white line and a groove in the brown skin.

    The Confession of a Fool August Strindberg
  • She was looking in his face, smiling still, across the white line of her lip.

    Mr. Achilles Jennette Lee
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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