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[leen; French leen-yuh]
noun, plural lignes [leenz; French leen-yuh] /linz; French ˈlin yə/.
  1. (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.
  2. line1(def 44).
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Origin of ligne

< French: line1
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Historical Examples 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.

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    James Norman Hall

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

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    James Norman Hall

  • Near Ath is the fine castle of Beloeil, the ancient seat of the princely family of Ligne.