- line1 [ laın ] noun ***▸ 1 long thin mark▸ 2 edge showing shape▸ 3 border/limit▸ 4 telephone connection▸ 5 row of people/things▸ 6 part of railroad system▸ 7 transportation company▸ 8 way of thinking/talking▸ 9 series of words▸ 10 direction/path▸ 11 string/rope/wire▸ 12 area of work/interest▸ 13 set of products▸ 14 of communication etc.▸ 15 musical notes▸ 16 series of events/people▸ 17 quantity of drug▸ + PHRASES1. ) count a long thin mark on the surface of something:Draw a second line parallel to the first.Each horizontal line on the graph represents fifteen minutes.a ) a long thin mark on the ground used in sports for marking an area in which a game is played, or for showing where a race starts or finishes:It was hard to tell whether the ball had crossed the line.the starting line=> LINE OF SCRIMMAGEb ) a long thin mark on a road used for organizing traffic and for showing drivers where they can park:In the fog he drifted across the line into the next lane.c ) a thin mark on someone's skin that appears especially as they get older: WRINKLE:There were small lines at the corners of her mouth and around her eyes.2. ) count an edge that shows the shape of something:Buyers are attracted by the sleek lines of the car.3. ) count a border between two regions:They escaped across the state line into Pennsylvania.a ) an imaginary limit or border between two situations or conditions:The country is still divided along ethnic lines.line between: The program blurs the line between news and entertainment.a fine/thin line: There is a fine line between resolving the crisis peacefully and giving in to terrorism.4. ) count a telephone connection:My daughter now wants her own phone line in her bedroom.It's a very bad line put the phone down and I'll call you back.a ) a telephone service:The advice line is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.a chat line5. ) count a row of people or things:A line of police stood outside the post office as employees were evacuated.On the far bank were thick reeds and a line of palm trees.in a line: She told the children to stay in line and not push.a ) a row of soldiers, ships, or weapons facing an enemy:The plane was brought down behind enemy lines.b ) a row of people who are waiting for something: QUEUE:stand in line: We stood in line for about an hour to get the tickets.6. ) count a part of a railroad system:There are plans to reopen the train line.a ) the long metal bars on which trains travel:Train service has been canceled because of repair work on the line.7. ) count a company that provides a transportation service:The shipping line is losing money, and the parent company wants to sell it.8. ) count usually singular a way of thinking, talking, or finding out about something:line of thought: He impatiently dismissed this line of thought.line of argument: You also need to develop a persuasive line of argument.line of inquiry: What are the main lines of inquiry you intend to pursue?a ) an attitude or belief, especially one that is expressed publicly:take a tough/firm/hard line: Environmental groups took a very tough line with the industry.line on: Forsyth appears to have hardened his line on Europe.9. ) count a series of words written or printed in a row:a line of texta ) plural the words that an actor says in a performance:He forgot his lines.b ) singular INFORMAL a short written message:drop someone a line: I told them to give us a call or drop us a line when they got there.c ) count a clever or funny remarkd ) singular a remark, excuse, or explanation that is not sincere or true:Don't give me that old line.10. ) count the direction or path along which someone or something moves or looks:He was so drunk he couldn't walk in a straight line.Deep snow is blocking the mountain roads that serve as supply lines for the rebels.line of fire (=the direction in which weapons are fired): Though there is fighting nearby, the camp is not in the line of fire.line of vision (=the direction in which someone is looking): I was standing right in his line of vision.11. ) count a piece of string, rope, or wire used for a particular purpose:a washing lineHeavy snow brought down power lines.12. ) singular a type of work or area of interest:line of business/work: What line of business are you in exactly?in someone's line: Light novels are more in my line.13. ) several products forming a set, for example because they are all of the same type or all produced by the same company:The company is broadening its product lines to attract more buyers.a new line of perfume14. ) count the way that communication, authority, or responsibility is shared between people in an organization:We want to open up lines of communication and provide more information.The organization's problems were caused by a lack of clear reporting lines.15. ) count a series of connected musical notes that form a tune:a bass line16. ) count a series of connected events:This is just the latest in a long line of such scandals.1a ) a series of connected GENERATIONS in the same family:Mr. Nelson comes from a long line of carpenters.17. ) count INFORMAL a quantity of an illegal drug that is arranged into a line before being taken:a line of cocainealong/down the lineat a stage during a process:all along/down the line (=at every stage): Our supporters have been magnificent all along the line.somewhere along/down the line (=at some stage): Somewhere along the line vital information has been withheld.further along/down the line (=at a later stage): The judge said compensation would be considered further down the line.along similar/different/the same etc. linesin a similar/different etc. way:We are all working along similar lines.along the lines of (=similar to): Vienna and Berlin were modernist cities, almost along the lines of Chicago.be in line forto be likely to receive something:Rachel was reported to be in line for the job of manager.be first/second/next in line: He is next in line for promotion.bring someone/something into lineto make someone/something similar to another person or thing:The restructuring of the business has brought output and demand into line.bring someone/something into line with: The new ruling brings this country into line with the rest of Europe.come/get/fall into lineto agree with or become similar to someone or something else:bring someone/something into line with: It didn't take much pressure to make him fall into line with company policy.get a line on something AMERICAN INFORMALto get information about something:I got a line on this material that we've been looking for.in/out of line with1. ) similar to/different from someone or something:The costs were very much in line with what we expected.2. ) changing/not changing in the same way as another thing:Social Security recipients are granted an annual increase in line with the cost of living.in the line of dutywhile working:The police officer was killed in the line of duty.lay it on the line INFORMALto say something in a direct or honest way, even if this might upset someoneon lineconnected to, or able to be connected to, a computer system or the Internet:It is not impossible that every household will be on line within five years.=> ONLINEon the line1. ) at risk:His job could be on the line if results do not improve.2. ) on the telephone:We have a caller on the line from California.out of linebehaving in a way that other people do not approve of:That comment was way out of line.lineline 2 [ laın ] verb transitive **1. ) to cover the inside of something, especially a piece of clothing or a container, with a layer of something else:He wore a black coat lined with dark gray silk.line something with something: Line the baking sheet with greased aluminum foil.a ) to form a layer on the inside surface of something2. ) to form rows along the sides of something:Crowds lined the streets to watch the parade.The riverside will be transformed into a promenade lined with cafés and restaurants.line your pocketsto obtain money, especially by acting dishonestly:He accused executives of trying to line their own pockets.,line `up phrasal verb1. ) intransitive or transitive to form a row or to put people or things in a row:The books are lined up on a shelf above the desk.All children must line up when the whistle goes.2. ) transitive to organize or prepare things for an event or series of events:We have a series of activities lined up to keep you entertained.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.