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Idioms about line

Origin of line

First recorded before 1000; Middle English li(g)ne “cord, rope, stroke, series, guiding rule,” partly from Old French ligne, ultimately from Latin līnea, noun use of feminine of līneus “flaxen” (originally applied to string), equivalent to līn(um) “flax” + -eus adjective suffix, and partly continuing Old English līne “string, row, series,” from Latin, as above; see line2, -eous


lin·a·ble, line·a·ble, adjectivelineless, adjectivelinelike, adjective

Other definitions for line (2 of 2)

[ lahyn ]
/ laɪn /

verb (used with object), lined, lin·ing.
to cover the inner side or surface of: to line the coat with blue silk.
to serve to cover: Velvet draperies lined the walls of the room.
to furnish or fill: to line shelves with provisions.
to reinforce the back of a book with glued fabric, paper, vellum, etc.
a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.

Origin of line

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English verb linen, lyne(n), derivative of lin(e) “linen, flax,” Old English līn, from Latin līnum “flax (plant, thread, cloth)”
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What is a basic definition of line?

A line is a mark or stroke that is longer than it is wide. A line is also a row of people or things or a number of people standing one in front of the other. The word line has many other senses as a noun and a verb.

A simple line resembles an uppercase I or a lowercase L. In order to draw a line with a pencil, you would move the pencil from a starting point in one direction for a second or two and then stop. A line is a simple shape that we use for many purposes. Lines are usually assumed to be straight, and we use the term curve or curved line to refer to lines that are not straight.

  • Real-life examples: We paint lines on the roads and highways to separate lanes. Our English letters are made of lines and curves. Most notebook paper has lines on it. When signing a contract, you will write your name above or on a line.
  • Used in a sentence: I drew a red line on my paper. 

The word line can also mean a row or a series of things organized in a straight line.

  • Real-life examples: Children like to knock over a line of dominoes. During drills, a sergeant might give orders to a line of soldiers. You will often see lines of trees along the road.
  • Used in a sentence: I drove slowly down the street to look at the line of the houses. 

If you ever go to an amusement park, you are likely to see lines. People who are in a line are patiently waiting for their turn to do something. These kinds of lines have people stand one in front of the other rather than side to side.

  • Real-life examples: Banks, grocery stores, amusement parks, bars, movie theatres, and ticket booths may have very long lines.
  • Used in a sentence: I managed to be at the front of the line to buy tickets.

Where does line come from?

The first records of line come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Latin līneus, meaning “flaxen,” referring to yarn or string.

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What are some other forms related to line?

  • linable (adjective)
  • lineless (adjective)
  • linelike (adjective)
  • liny (adjective)

What are some synonyms for line?

What are some words that share a root or word element with line

What are some words that often get used in discussing line?

How is line used in real life?

Line is a common word that often means a straight mark or stroke.

Try using line!

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When people are waiting in a line, they have formed a circle around something.

How to use line in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for line (1 of 2)

/ (laɪn) /

See also lines, line-up

Derived forms of line

linable or lineable, adjectivelined, adjectivelinelike, adjectiveliny or liney, adjective

Word Origin for line

C13: partly from Old French ligne, ultimately from Latin līnea, n use of līneus flaxen, from līnum flax; partly from Old English līn, ultimately also from Latin līnum flax

British Dictionary definitions for line (2 of 2)

/ (laɪn) /

verb (tr)
to attach an inside covering to (a garment, curtain, etc), as for protection, to hide the seaming, or so that it should hang well
to cover or fit the inside ofto line the walls with books
to fill plentifullya purse lined with money
to reinforce the back of (a book) with fabric, paper, etc

Word Origin for line

C14: ultimately from Latin līnum flax, since linings were often made of linen
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Scientific definitions for line

[ līn ]

A geometric figure formed by a point moving in a fixed direction and in the reverse direction. The intersection of two planes is a line.♦ The part of a line that lies between two points on the line is called a line segment.
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Cultural definitions for line


A set of points that have one dimension — length — but no width or height. (See coordinates.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Other Idioms and Phrases with line


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