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
Related formsun·der·line·man, noun, plural un·der·line·men.
First recorded in 1855–60; line1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for lineman
Contemporary Examples of lineman
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The lineman snorted and the operator saw that his appeal had fallen flat.
It was only after a moment 92 that the lineman could be seen to gain.
Down these the lineman, stubborn and bleeding, drove a desperate way.
"I'll need a long rope," Neale had said to King, his lineman.
"I'll inform you later," replied Neale, turning to the lineman.
British Dictionary definitions for lineman
noun plural -men
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
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Word Origin and History for lineman
1858, worker on telegraph (later telephone) lines, from line (n.) + man (n.).
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