- the positions at which troops are stationed to fire upon the enemy or targets.
- the troops firing from this line.
Origin of firing line
Examples from the Web for firing line
He felt his heart thump and his face flush, as he stepped up to the firing-line.Donald and Dorothy|Mary Mapes Dodge
Then Arthur brought them the good news that the major had been brought back from the firing-line and was rallying bravely.A Court of Inquiry|Grace S. Richmond
Beyond was the battle itself, with the firing-line still advancing under curtains of shell-bursts.My Second Year of the War|Frederick Palmer
From Caribou Ridge the Turks could enfilade parts of our firing-line.World's War Events, Vol. I|Various
The continual working up to the firing-line and the awful labour of carrying heavy men back to our dressing station: it went on.At Suvla Bay|John Hargrave
British Dictionary definitions for firing line
- the positions from which fire is delivered
- the soldiers occupying these positions