- an official, as in tennis and soccer, who assists the referee.
- Football.an official who marks the distances gained and lost in the progress of play and otherwise assists the referee and field judge.
- Ice Hockey.either of two officials who assist the referee by watching for icing, offside, and substitution violations and fouls and by conducting face-offs.
- lineman(def 1).
Origin of linesman
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Examples from the Web for linesman
Frank Lampard should have had a second for the Three Lions, but it was wrongfully disallowed by the linesman.Germany Ousts England from World Cup
The Daily Beast
June 27, 2010
Why, youyouLook here, dont you know anything about the duties of a linesman?Center Rush Rowland
Ralph Henry Barbour
The ball is in play if it touches the referee or a linesman when in the field of play.
Those days over, he enters the arena as Umpire, Referee or Linesman.Football Days
William H. Edwards
The linesman is closely connected with the referee in every way, although his duties are not really arduous.
Lashed to a ring-bolt was a little, red-breeched French linesman, apparently dead.A Gallant Grenadier
- an official who helps the referee or umpire in various sports, esp by indicating when the ball has gone out of play
- mainly British a person who installs, maintains, or repairs telephone or electric-power linesUS and Canadian name: lineman
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Word Origin and History for linesman
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