[ in-lahyn ]
/ ˈɪnˌlaɪn /

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

Definition for inline (2 of 2)


[ in-lahyn, in-lahyn ]
/ ˌɪnˈlaɪn, ˈɪnˌlaɪn /


(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

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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