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ledger line

noun
  1. Also leger line. Also called added line. Music. a short line added when necessary above or below the staff to increase the range of the staff.
  2. Angling. a line so set that both the bait and sinker rest on the bottom.
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Origin of ledger line

1690–1700 for def 2; 1880–85 for def 1
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Examples from the Web for ledger line

Historical Examples

  • The compass extends from F below the bass staff to C on the second ledger-line above the treble.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3

    Various

  • Around the edge of the stone is a ledger-line, that probably had the emblems of the Evangelists at the angles.


British Dictionary definitions for ledger line

ledger line

noun
  1. music a short line placed above or below the staff to accommodate notes representing pitches above or below the staff
  2. angling a line using ledger tackle
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