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  • n  a formation of people or things one beside another
    the line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed
    they were arrayed in line of battle
    the cast stood in line for the curtain call
  • n  a mark that is long relative to its width
    He drew a line on the chart
  • n  a formation of people or things one behind another
    the line stretched clear around the corner
    you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter
  • n  a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
  • n  text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
    the letter consisted of three short lines
    there are six lines in every stanza
  • n  a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
  • n  a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
    they attacked the enemy's line
  • n  a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
    I can't follow your line of reasoning
  • n  a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
  • n  a connected series of events or actions or developments
    historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available
  • n  a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  • n  a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
    his face has many lines
  • n  a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
    a pipeline runs from the wells to the seaport
  • n  the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
  • n  a telephone connection
  • n  acting in conformity
    in line with
    he got out of line
    toe the line
  • n  the descendants of one individual
    his entire lineage has been warriors
  • n  something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
    a washing line
  • n  the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
    he's not in my line of business
  • n  in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
  • n  (often plural) a means of communication or access
    lines of communication were set up between the two firms
  • n  a particular kind of product or merchandise
    a nice line of shoes
  • n  a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
  • n  space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
  • n  the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
  • n  a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  • n  persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress
    `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
  • n  a short personal letter
    drop me a line when you get there
  • n  a conceptual separation or distinction
    there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity
  • n  mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
  • v  be in line with; form a line along
    trees line the riverbank
  • v  cover the interior of
    line the gloves
    line a chimney
  • v  make a mark or lines on a surface
    draw a line
    trace the outline of a figure in the sand
  • v  mark with lines
    sorrow had lined his face
  • v  fill plentifully
    line one's pockets
  • v  reinforce with fabric
    lined books are more enduring

  • From airports to amusement parks, long lines are inevitable .
  • Singer KYLIE MINOGUE started selling her lingerie line outside Australia this year.
  • There's a special bond between Power Line's writers and its readersHinderaker, Johnson and Mirengoff list their phone numbers, direct lines, on the website.
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  • Barack Obama in Irish Times
    Speaking more forcefully than at any time since the attempted attack, Mr Obama said: "The bottom line is this. The US government had sufficient information to have uncovered this plot and potentially disrupt the Christmas Day attack. But our...
  • Vicente del Bosque in Greenwich Time
    We can say Germany wasn't as good as we thought they'd be today,Spain Coach Vicente del Bosque said. "But that is due to the excellent performance of our team. Bottom line is we played better than expected."
  • Rahm Emanuel in
    But Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's chief of staff, said Mr Hayward had committed yet another in a "long line of PR gaffes".

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