[ lahyn-muh n ]
/ ˈlaɪn mən /

noun, plural line·men.

Also linesman. a person who installs or repairs telephone, telegraph, or other wires.
Football. one of the players in the line, as a center, guard, tackle, or end.
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

Related forms

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

Usage note

See -man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lineman


/ (ˈlaɪnmən) /

noun plural -men

another name for platelayer
a person who does the chaining, taping, or marking of points for a surveyor
Australian and NZ (formerly) the member of a beach life-saving team who controlled the line used to help drowning swimmers and surfers
American football a member of the row of players who start each down positioned on either side of the line of scrimmage
US and Canadian another word for linesman (def. 2)
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