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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.


Synonymscourse


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.


Synonymspipeline


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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