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English noun: line

1. line (group) a formation of people or things one beside another

SamplesThe line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed.
They were arrayed in line of battle.
The cast stood in line for the curtain call.

Broader (hypernym)formation

Narrower (hyponym)chorus, chorus line, diagonal, linemen, lineup, rank, rivet line, row

2. line (communication) a mark that is long relative to its width

SamplesHe drew a line on the chart.

Broader (hypernym)mark, print

Narrower (hyponym)ascender, bar line, cross hair, cross wire, curlicue, descender, dotted line, graduation, guideline, hairline, isometric, isometric line, ledger line, leger line, serif, seriph, shaft, spectrum line, squiggle, staff line, trend line

3. line (group) a formation of people or things one behind another

SamplesThe line stretched clear around the corner.
You must wait in a long line at the checkout counter.

Broader (hypernym)formation

Narrower (hyponym)conga line, diagonal, file, Indian file, line of march, line of succession, picket line, queue, single file, trap line, waiting line

4. line (shape) a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

Narrower (hyponym)bound, boundary, center line, centerline, curve, curve, curved shape, edge, geodesic, geodesic line, perimeter, straight line

5. line (communication) text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen

SamplesThe letter consisted of three short lines.
There are six lines in every stanza.

Broader (hypernym)text, textual matter

Narrower (hyponym)actor's line, bottom line, by-line, credit line, dateline, gag line, head, header, heading, laugh line, line of poetry, line of verse, opening line, orphan, punch line, sound bite, speech, tag line, verse, verse line, words

Part meronymletter, missive, stanza

6. line (phenomenon) a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum

Broader (hypernym)electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, nonparticulate radiation

Part meronymelectromagnetic spectrum

7. line (location) a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)

SamplesThey attacked the enemy's line.

Broader (hypernym)military position, position

Narrower (hyponym)battle line, battlefront, firing line, front, front line, line of battle

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

8. line (cognition) a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning

SamplesI can't follow your line of reasoning.

Synonymsargument, argumentation, line of reasoning, logical argument

Broader (hypernym)abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning

Narrower (hyponym)casuistry, line of inquiry, line of questioning, policy

9. line (artifact) a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

Synonymscable, transmission line

Broader (hypernym)conductor

Narrower (hyponym)coax, coax cable, coaxial cable, electrical cable, fiber optic cable, fibre optic cable, power cable, power line, printer cable

Part meronymcable, cable system, cable television, cable television service, phone system, telephone system

10. line (group) a connected series of events or actions or developments

SamplesThe government took a firm course.
Historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available.


Broader (hypernym)series

Narrower (hyponym)current, flow, stream

11. line (location) a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent

Broader (hypernym)location

Narrower (hyponym)aclinic line, agonic line, apparent horizon, axis, course, crest, danger line, divide, fault line, field line, flight line, great circle, hemline, hipline, hipline, horizon, isarithm, isogonal line, isogone, isogonic line, isogram, isopleth, itinerary, latitude, line of force, line of latitude, line of sight, line of vision, loxodrome, lunar latitude, magnetic equator, parallel, parallel of latitude, part, parting, path, path, quadrant, quarter-circle, rhumb, rhumb line, route, sensible horizon, side, skyline, snow line, timber line, timberline, track, tree line, visible horizon, water level, water line, water line, water parting, waterline, watermark, watershed

12. line (shape) a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface

SamplesHis face has many lines.
Ironing gets rid of most wrinkles.

Synonymscrease, crinkle, furrow, seam, wrinkle

Broader (hypernym)depression, impression, imprint

Narrower (hyponym)crow's feet, crow's foot, dermatoglyphic, frown line, heart line, laugh line, life line, lifeline, line of destiny, line of fate, line of heart, line of life, line of Saturn, love line, mensal line

Part meronymcutis, skin, tegument

13. line (artifact) a pipe used to transport liquids or gases

SamplesA pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport.


Broader (hypernym)pipage, pipe, piping

Narrower (hyponym)gas line, oil pipeline

Instance hyponymAlaskan pipeline, trans-Alaska pipeline

14. line (artifact) the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed

Synonymsrail line, railway line

Broader (hypernym)road, route

Narrower (hyponym)branch line, spur, spur track, trunk line, trunk route

Part holonymrailroad, railroad bed, railroad track, railway

15. line (artifact) a telephone connection

Synonymsphone line, subscriber line, telephone circuit, telephone line

Broader (hypernym)connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion

Narrower (hyponym)digital subscriber line, DSL, hot line, land line, landline, party line, private line, toll line, trunk line, WATS, WATS line

16. line (act) acting in conformity

SamplesIn line with.
He got out of line.
Toe the line.

Broader (hypernym)abidance, compliance, conformation, conformity

17. line (group) the descendants of one individual

SamplesHis entire lineage has been warriors.

Synonymsancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock

Broader (hypernym)family tree, genealogy

Narrower (hyponym)family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept, side

18. line (artifact) something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible

SamplesA washing line.

Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Narrower (hyponym)becket, cord, laniard, lanyard, lifeline, lifeline, mainsheet, mooring, mooring line, painter, ratlin, ratline, rope, sheet, shroud, shroud, strand, tack, towing line, towing rope, towline, towrope, trace, weather sheet

Part holonymbitter end, drip loop

19. line (act) the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

SamplesHe's not in my line of business.

Synonymsbusiness, job, line of work, occupation

Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)accountancy, accounting, appointment, berth, billet, biz, calling, career, catering, confectionery, craft, employment, farming, game, land, medium, metier, office, photography, place, position, post, profession, salt mine, situation, sport, spot, trade, treadmill, vocation, work

20. line (location) in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area

Broader (hypernym)mark, print

Narrower (hyponym)balkline, baseline, baseline, baulk-line, finish line, finishing line, foul line, foul line, foul line, goal line, line of scrimmage, out of bounds, red line, scratch, scratch line, scrimmage line, service line, sideline, start, starting line, string line, yard line

21. line (communication) (often plural) a means of communication or access

SamplesIt must go through official channels.
Lines of communication were set up between the two firms.

Synonymschannel, communication channel

Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication

Narrower (hyponym)back channel, contact, inter-group communication, lens, liaison, line of gab, link, patter, spiel

Domain usageplural, plural form

22. line (artifact) a particular kind of product or merchandise

SamplesA nice line of shoes.

Synonymsbusiness line, line of business, line of merchandise, line of products, product line

Broader (hypernym)merchandise, product, ware

Narrower (hyponym)sideline

Part holonymtop of the line

23. line (artifact) a commercial organization serving as a common carrier

Broader (hypernym)carrier, common carrier

Narrower (hyponym)airline, airline business, airway, railroad, railroad line, railway, railway line, railway system, steamship company, steamship line, transit line

Part meronymtransit, transportation, transportation system

24. line (quantity) space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising

Synonymsagate line

Broader (hypernym)area unit, square measure

25. line (possession) the maximum credit that a customer is allowed

Synonymsbank line, credit line, line of credit, personal credit line, personal line of credit

Broader (hypernym)credit

Narrower (hyponym)consumer credit

26. line (communication) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

SamplesShe was humming an air from Beethoven.

Synonymsair, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune

Broader (hypernym)music

Narrower (hyponym)fanfare, flourish, glissando, idea, leitmotif, leitmotiv, melodic theme, musical theme, part, roulade, signature, signature tune, theme, theme song, theme song, tucket, voice

Part holonymmusical phrase, phrase

27. line (communication) persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress

Samples`let me show you my etchings' is a rather worn line.
He has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it.
That salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk.

Broader (hypernym)persuasion, suasion

28. line (communication) a short personal letter

SamplesDrop me a line when you get there.

Synonymsbillet, note, short letter

Broader (hypernym)personal letter

Narrower (hyponym)excuse

29. line (cognition) a conceptual separation or distinction

SamplesThere is a narrow line between sanity and insanity.

Synonymscontrast, demarcation, dividing line

Broader (hypernym)differentiation, distinction

Narrower (hyponym)point of no return, Rubicon

30. line (artifact) mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it

Synonymsassembly line, production line

Broader (hypernym)mechanical system

Part holonymconveyer, conveyer belt, conveyor, conveyor belt, transporter

Part meronymfactory, manufactory, manufacturing plant, mill

English verb: line

1. line (stative) be in line with; form a line along

SamplesTrees line the riverbank.

Synonymsrun along

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lie

Narrower (hyponym)rim

2. line (contact) cover the interior of

SamplesLine the gloves.
Line a chimney.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)cover

Narrower (hyponym)babbitt, crib, face, reline

3. line (contact) make a mark or lines on a surface

SamplesDraw a line.
Trace the outline of a figure in the sand.

Synonymsdelineate, describe, draw, trace

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)mark

Narrower (hyponym)circumscribe, circumscribe, construct, inscribe, write

Verb groupdraw, draw

4. line (contact) mark with lines

SamplesSorrow had lined his face.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mark, nock, score

Narrower (hyponym)crisscross, hatch, reline

5. line (change) fill plentifully

SamplesLine one's pockets.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)fill, fill up, make full

6. line (change) reinforce with fabric

SamplesLined books are more enduring.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)reenforce, reinforce

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