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Idioms about line

Origin of line

1
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

OTHER WORDS FROM line

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

Other definitions for line (2 of 2)

line2
[ 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.
noun
a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.

Origin of line

2
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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British Dictionary definitions for line (1 of 2)

line1
/ (laɪn) /

noun
verb
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)

line2
/ (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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Medical definitions for line

line
[ līn ]

n.
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Scientific definitions for line

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

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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