[leen; French leen-yuh]

noun, plural lignes [leenz; French leen-yuh] /linz; French ˈlin yə/.

(in Swiss watchmaking) a unit equal to 0.0888 inch or 2.2558 millimeters, divided into 12 douziemes: used mainly to gauge the thickness of a movement.

Nearby words

  1. lighttight,
  2. lightweight,
  3. lightwood,
  4. lign-,
  5. lignaloes,
  6. ligneous,
  7. lignes,
  8. ligni-,
  9. lignicolous,
  10. ligniform

Origin of ligne

< French: line1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ligne

  • Instead of coming out of it above and behind the German, when I pulled up in ligne de vol I was under him!

    High Adventure|James Norman Hall
  • Near Ath is the fine castle of Beloeil, the ancient seat of the princely family of Ligne.

  • Made one last effort and came out in ligne de vol, as nearly as I could judge, about one hundred and fifty metres from the ground.

    High Adventure|James Norman Hall