noun Printing.

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.

Origin of inline

First recorded in 1920–25; in + line1


[in-lahyn, in-lahyn]


(of an internal-combustion engine) having the cylinders ranged side by side in one or more rows along the crankshaft.

Origin of in-line

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inline

Contemporary Examples of inline

  • Likewise, the new American Airlines terminal at JFK has eight inline scanners that can handle 3,200 bags an hour.

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    The Bomb Threat Under the Seats

    Clive Irving

    December 28, 2009

Historical Examples of inline

British Dictionary definitions for inline



denoting a linked sequence of manufacturing processes
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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