[ lahyn-muhn ]
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noun,plural line·men.
  1. Also linesman. a person who installs or repairs telephone, telegraph, or other wires.

  2. Football. one of the players in the line, as a center, guard, tackle, or end.

  1. Surveying. a person who marks the positions of a survey mark with a range pole or the like.

Origin of lineman

First recorded in 1855–60; line1 + -man

usage note For lineman

See -man.

Other words from lineman

  • un·der·line·man, noun, plural un·der·line·men.

Words Nearby lineman Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lineman in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lineman


/ (ˈlaɪnmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. another name for platelayer

  2. a person who does the chaining, taping, or marking of points for a surveyor

  1. Australian and NZ (formerly) the member of a beach life-saving team who controlled the line used to help drowning swimmers and surfers

  2. American football a member of the row of players who start each down positioned on either side of the line of scrimmage

  3. US and Canadian another word for linesman (def. 2)

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