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noun Printing.
  1. an ornamented type with a line of white or of a contrasting color running just inside the edge and following the contour of each letter.
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Origin of inline

First recorded in 1920–25; in + line1


[in-lahyn, in-lahyn]
  1. (of an internal-combustion engine) having the cylinders ranged side by side in one or more rows along the crankshaft.
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Origin of in-line

First recorded in 1925–30
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  1. denoting a linked sequence of manufacturing processes
  2. denoting an internal-combustion engine having its cylinders arranged in a line
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Word Origin and History for inline


1923 of printing, 1929 of engines, 1958 of computers, by 1989 of roller skates; from in + line (n.).

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