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line


  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Line  \Line\,  n.  [OE.  line  AS  l[=i]ne  cable,  hawser,  prob.  from 
  L.  linea  a  linen  thread,  string,  line  fr  linum  flax, 
  thread,  linen,  cable;  but  the  English  word  was  influenced  by 
  F.  ligne  line  from  the  same  L.  word  linea.  See  {Linen}.] 
  1.  A  linen  thread  or  string;  a  slender,  strong  cord;  also  a 
  cord  of  any  thickness;  a  rope;  a  hawser;  as  a  fishing 
  line  a  line  for  snaring  birds;  a  clothesline;  a  towline. 
 
  Who  so  layeth  lines  for  to  latch  fowls.  --Piers 
  Plowman. 
 
  2.  A  more  or  less  threadlike  mark  of  pen,  pencil,  or  graver; 
  any  long  mark;  as  a  chalk  line 
 
  3.  The  course  followed  by  anything  in  motion;  hence  a  road 
  or  route;  as  the  arrow  descended  in  a  curved  line  the 
  place  is  remote  from  lines  of  travel. 
 
  4.  Direction;  as  the  line  of  sight  or  vision. 
 
  5.  A  row  of  letters,  words  etc.,  written  or  printed;  esp.,  a 
  row  of  words  extending  across  a  page  or  column. 
 
  6.  A  short  letter;  a  note;  as  a  line  from  a  friend. 
 
  7.  (Poet.)  A  verse,  or  the  words  which  form  a  certain  number 
  of  feet,  according  to  the  measure. 
 
  In  the  preceding  line  Ulysses  speaks  of  Nausicaa 
  --Broome. 
 
  8.  Course  of  conduct,  thought,  occupation,  or  policy;  method 
  of  argument;  department  of  industry,  trade  or 
  intellectual  activity. 
 
  He  is  uncommonly  powerful  in  his  own  line  but  it  is 
  not  the  line  of  a  first-rate  man.  --Coleridge. 
 
  9.  (Math.)  That  which  has  length,  but  not  breadth  or 
  thickness. 
 
  10.  The  exterior  limit  of  a  figure,  plat,  or  territory; 
  boundary;  contour;  outline. 
 
  Eden  stretched  her  line  From  Auran  eastward  to  the 
  royal  towers  Of  great  Seleucia.  --Milton. 
 
  11.  A  threadlike  crease  marking  the  face  or  the  hand;  hence 
  characteristic  mark. 
 
  Though  on  his  brow  were  graven  lines  austere. 
  --Byron. 
 
  He  tipples  palmistry,  and  dines  On  all  her 
  fortune-telling  lines.  --Cleveland. 
 
  12.  Lineament;  feature;  figure.  ``The  lines  of  my  boy's 
  face.''  --Shak. 
 
  13.  A  straight  row;  a  continued  series  or  rank;  as  a  line  of 
  houses,  or  of  soldiers;  a  line  of  barriers. 
 
  Unite  thy  forces  and  attack  their  lines.  --Dryden. 
 
  14.  A  series  or  succession  of  ancestors  or  descendants  of  a 
  given  person;  a  family  or  race;  as  the  ascending  or 
  descending  line  the  line  of  descent;  the  male  line  a 
  line  of  kings. 
 
  Of  his  lineage  am  I,  and  his  offspring  By  very 
  line  as  of  the  stock  real.  --Chaucer. 
 
  15.  A  connected  series  of  public  conveyances,  and  hence  an 
  established  arrangement  for  forwarding  merchandise,  etc.; 
  as  a  line  of  stages;  an  express  line 
 
  16.  (Geog.) 
  a  A  circle  of  latitude  or  of  longitude,  as  represented 
  on  a  map. 
  b  The  equator;  --  usually  called  {the  line},  or 
  {equinoctial  line};  as  to  cross  the  line 
 
  17.  A  long  tape,  or  a  narrow  ribbon  of  steel,  etc.,  marked 
  with  subdivisions,  as  feet  and  inches,  for  measuring;  a 
  tapeline. 
 
  18.  (Script.) 
  a  A  measuring  line  or  cord. 
 
  He  marketh  it  out  with  a  line  --Is.  xliv. 
  13. 
  b  That  which  was  measured  by  a  line  as  a  field  or  any 
  piece  of  land  set  apart;  hence  allotted  place  of 
  abode. 
 
  The  lines  are  fallen  unto  me  in  pleasant 
  places;  yea,  I  have  a  goodly  heritage.  --Ps. 
  xvi.  6. 
  c  Instruction;  doctrine. 
 
  Their  line  is  gone  out  through  all  the  earth. 
  --Ps.  xix.  4. 
 
  19.  (Mach.)  The  proper  relative  position  or  adjustment  of 
  parts  not  as  to  design  or  proportion,  but  with  reference 
  to  smooth  working;  as  the  engine  is  in  line  or  out  of 
  line 
 
  20.  The  track  and  roadbed  of  a  railway;  railroad. 
 
  21.  (Mil.) 
  a  A  row  of  men  who  are  abreast  of  one  another,  whether 
  side  by  side  or  some  distance  apart;  --  opposed  to 
  {column}. 
  b  The  regular  infantry  of  an  army,  as  distinguished 
  from  militia,  guards,  volunteer  corps,  cavalry, 
  artillery,  etc 
 
  22.  (Fort.) 
  a  A  trench  or  rampart. 
  b  pl  Dispositions  made  to  cover  extended  positions, 
  and  presenting  a  front  in  but  one  direction  to  an 
  enemy. 
 
  23.  pl  (Shipbuilding)  Form  of  a  vessel  as  shown  by  the 
  outlines  of  vertical,  horizontal,  and  oblique  sections. 
 
  24.  (Mus.)  One  of  the  straight  horizontal  and  parallel 
  prolonged  strokes  on  and  between  which  the  notes  are 
  placed. 
 
  25.  (Stock  Exchange)  A  number  of  shares  taken  by  a  jobber. 
 
  26.  Trade  A  series  of  various  qualities  and  values  of  the 
  same  general  class  of  articles;  as  a  full  line  of 
  hosiery;  a  line  of  merinos,  etc  --McElrath. 
 
  27.  The  wire  connecting  one  telegraphic  station  with  another, 
  or  the  whole  of  a  system  of  telegraph  wires  under  one 
  management  and  name 
 
  28.  pl  The  reins  with  which  a  horse  is  guided  by  his  driver. 
  [U.  S.] 
 
  29.  A  measure  of  length;  one  twelfth  of  an  inch. 
 
  {Hard  lines},  hard  lot  --C.  Kingsley.  [See  Def.  18.] 
 
  {Line  breeding}  (Stockbreeding),  breeding  by  a  certain  family 
  line  of  descent,  especially  in  the  selection  of  the  dam  or 
  mother. 
 
  {Line  conch}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  spiral  marine  shell  ({Fasciolaria 
  distans}),  of  Florida  and  the  West  Indies.  It  is  marked  by 
  narrow,  dark,  revolving  lines. 
 
  {Line  engraving}. 
  a  Engraving  in  which  the  effects  are  produced  by  lines 
  of  different  width  and  closeness,  cut  with  the  burin 
  upon  copper  or  similar  material;  also  a  plate  so 
  engraved. 
  b  A  picture  produced  by  printing  from  such  an 
  engraving. 
 
  {Line  of  battle}. 
  a  (Mil.  Tactics)  The  position  of  troops  drawn  up  in 
  their  usual  order  without  any  determined  maneuver. 
  b  (Naval)  The  line  or  arrangement  formed  by  vessels  of 
  war  in  an  engagement. 
 
  {Line  of  battle  ship}.  See  {Ship  of  the  line},  below. 
 
  {Line  of  beauty}  (Fine  Arts),an  abstract  line  supposed  to  be 
  beautiful  in  itself  and  absolutely;  --  differently 
  represented  by  different  authors,  often  as  a  kind  of 
  elongated  S  (like  the  one  drawn  by  Hogarth). 
 
  {Line  of  centers}.  (Mach.) 
  a  A  line  joining  two  centers,  or  fulcra,  as  of  wheels 
  or  levers. 
  b  A  line  which  determines  a  dead  center.  See  {Dead 
  center},  under  {Dead}. 
 
  {Line  of  dip}  (Geol.),  a  line  in  the  plane  of  a  stratum,  or 
  part  of  a  stratum,  perpendicular  to  its  intersection  with 
  a  horizontal  plane;  the  line  of  greatest  inclination  of  a 
  stratum  to  the  horizon. 
 
  {Line  of  fire}  (Mil.),  the  direction  of  fire. 
 
  {Line  of  force}  (Physics),  any  line  in  a  space  in  which 
  forces  are  acting,  so  drawn  that  at  every  point  of  the 
  line  its  tangent  is  the  direction  of  the  resultant  of  all 
  the  forces.  It  cuts  at  right  angles  every  equipotential 
  surface  which  it  meets.  Specifically  (Magnetism),  a  line 
  in  proximity  to  a  magnet  so  drawn  that  any  point  in  it  is 
  tangential  with  the  direction  of  a  short  compass  needle 
  held  at  that  point.  --Faraday. 
 
  {Line  of  life}  (Palmistry),  a  line  on  the  inside  of  the  hand, 
  curving  about  the  base  of  the  thumb,  supposed  to  indicate, 
  by  its  form  or  position,  the  length  of  a  person's  life. 
 
  {Line  of  lines}.  See  {Gunter's  line}. 
 
  {Line  of  march}.  (Mil.) 
  a  Arrangement  of  troops  for  marching. 
  b  Course  or  direction  taken  by  an  army  or  body  of 
  troops  in  marching. 
 
  {Line  of  operations},  that  portion  of  a  theater  of  war  which 
  an  army  passes  over  in  attaining  its  object.  --H.  W. 
  Halleck. 
 
  {Line  of  sight}  (Firearms),  the  line  which  passes  through  the 
  front  and  rear  sight,  at  any  elevation,  when  they  are 
  sighted  at  an  object. 
 
  {Line  tub}  (Naut.),  a  tub  in  which  the  line  carried  by  a 
  whaleboat  is  coiled. 
 
  {Mason  and  Dixon's  line} 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Line  \Line\  (l[imac]n),  n.  [OE.  lin.  See  {Linen}.] 
  1.  Flax;  linen.  [Obs.]  ``Garments  made  of  line.''  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  The  longer  and  finer  fiber  of  flax. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Line  \Line\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Lined}  (l[imac]nd);  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Lining}.]  [See  {Line}  flax.] 
  1.  To  cover  the  inner  surface  of  as  to  line  a  cloak  with 
  silk  or  fur;  to  line  a  box  with  paper  or  tin. 
 
  The  inside  lined  with  rich  carnation  silk.  --W. 
  Browne. 
 
  2.  To  put  something  in  the  inside  of  to  fill;  to  supply,  as 
  a  purse  with  money. 
 
  The  charge  amounteth  very  high  for  any  one  man's 
  purse,  except  lined  beyond  ordinary,  to  reach  unto. 
  --Carew. 
 
  Till  coffee  has  her  stomach  lined.  --Swift. 
 
  3.  To  place  persons  or  things  along  the  side  of  for  security 
  or  defense;  to  strengthen  by  adding  anything  to  fortify; 
  as  to  line  works  with  soldiers. 
 
  Line  and  new  repair  our  towns  of  war  With  men  of 
  courage  and  with  means  defendant.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  impregnate;  --  applied  to  brute  animals.  --Creech. 
 
  {Lined  gold},  gold  foil  having  a  lining  of  another  metal. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Line  \Line\  (l[imac]n),  v.  t. 
  1.  To  mark  with  a  line  or  lines;  to  cover  with  lines;  as  to 
  line  a  copy  book. 
 
  He  had  a  healthy  color  in  his  cheeks,  and  his  face, 
  though  lined,  bore  few  traces  of  anxiety.  --Dickens. 
 
  2.  To  represent  by  lines;  to  delineate;  to  portray.  [R.] 
  ``Pictures  fairest  lined.''  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  read  or  repeat  line  by  line  as  to  line  out  a  hymn. 
 
  This  custom  of  reading  or  lining,  or  as  it  was 
  frequently  called  ``deaconing''  the  hymn  or  psalm 
  in  the  churches,  was  brought  about  partly  from 
  necessity.  --N.  D.  Gould. 
 
  4.  To  form  into  a  line  to  align;  as  to  line  troops. 
 
  {To  line  bees},  to  track  wild  bees  to  their  nest  by  following 
  their  line  of  flight. 
 
  {To  line  up}  (Mach.),  to  put  in  alignment;  to  put  in  correct 
  adjustment  for  smooth  running.  See  3d  {Line},  19. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Loxodromic  \Lox`o*drom"ic\,  a.  [Gr.  ?  slanting,  oblique  +  ?  a 
  running,  course;  cf  F.  loxodromique.] 
  Pertaining  to  sailing  on  rhumb  lines;  as  loxodromic  tables. 
 
  {Loxodromic  curve}  or  {line}  (Geom.),  a  line  on  the  surface 
  of  a  sphere,  which  always  makes  an  equal  angle  with  every 
  meridian;  the  rhumb  line  It  is  the  line  on  which  a  ship 
  sails  when  her  course  is  always  in  the  direction  of  one 
  and  the  same  point  of  the  compass. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Shaft  \Shaft\,  n.  [OE.  shaft,  schaft,  AS  sceaft  akin  to  D. 
  schacht  OHG.  scaft,  G.  schaft,  Dan.  &  Sw  skaft  handle, 
  haft,  Icel.  skapt,  and  probably  to  L.  scapus,  Gr  ????,  ????, 
  a  staff.  Probably  originally,  a  shaven  or  smoothed  rod.  Cf 
  {Scape},  {Scepter},  {Shave}.] 
  1.  The  slender,  smooth  stem  of  an  arrow;  hence  an  arrow. 
 
  His  sleep,  his  meat,  his  drink,  is  him  bereft,  That 
  lean  he  wax,  and  dry  as  is  a  shaft.  --Chaucer. 
 
  A  shaft  hath  three  principal  parts  the  stele 
  [stale],  the  feathers,  and  the  head.  --Ascham. 
 
  2.  The  long  handle  of  a  spear  or  similar  weapon;  hence  the 
  weapon  itself  (Fig.)  anything  regarded  as  a  shaft  to  be 
  thrown  or  darted;  as  shafts  of  light. 
 
  And  the  thunder,  Winged  with  red  lightning  and 
  impetuous  rage,  Perhaps  hath  spent  his  shafts. 
  --Milton. 
 
  Some  kinds  of  literary  pursuits  .  .  .  have  been 
  attacked  with  all  the  shafts  of  ridicule.  --V.  Knox. 
 
  3.  That  which  resembles  in  some  degree  the  stem  or  handle  of 
  an  arrow  or  a  spear;  a  long,  slender  part  especially  when 
  cylindrical.  Specifically:  a  (Bot.)  The  trunk,  stem,  or 
  stalk  of  a  plant. 
  b  (Zo["o]l.)  The  stem  or  midrib  of  a  feather.  See 
  Illust.  of  {Feather}. 
  c  The  pole,  or  tongue,  of  a  vehicle;  also  a  thill. 
  d  The  part  of  a  candlestick  which  supports  its  branches. 
 
  Thou  shalt  make  a  candlestick  of  pure  gold  .  .  . 
  his  shaft,  and  his  branches,  his  bowls,  his 
  knops,  and  his  flowers,  shall  be  of  the  same 
  --Ex.  xxv.  31. 
  e  The  handle  or  helve  of  certain  tools,  instruments, 
  etc.,  as  a  hammer,  a  whip,  etc 
  f  A  pole,  especially  a  Maypole.  [Obs.]  --Stow. 
  g  (Arch.)  The  body  of  a  column;  the  cylindrical  pillar 
  between  the  capital  and  base  (see  Illust.  of 
  {Column}).  Also  the  part  of  a  chimney  above  the  roof. 
  Also  the  spire  of  a  steeple.  [Obs.  or  R.]  --Gwilt. 
  h  A  column,  an  obelisk,  or  other  spire-shaped  or 
  columnar  monument. 
 
  Bid  time  and  nature  gently  spare  The  shaft  we 
  raise  to  thee.  --Emerson. 
  i  (Weaving)  A  rod  at  the  end  of  a  heddle. 
  j  (Mach.)  A  solid  or  hollow  cylinder  or  bar,  having  one 
  or  more  journals  on  which  it  rests  and  revolves,  and 
  intended  to  carry  one  or  more  wheels  or  other 
  revolving  parts  and  to  transmit  power  or  motion;  as 
  the  shaft  of  a  steam  engine.  See  Illust.  of 
  {Countershaft}. 
 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  humming  bird  ({Thaumastura  cora})  having  two 
  of  the  tail  feathers  next  to  the  middle  ones  very  long  in 
  the  male;  --  called  also  {cora  humming  bird}. 
 
  5.  [Cf.  G.  schacht.]  (Mining)  A  well-like  excavation  in  the 
  earth,  perpendicular  or  nearly  so  made  for  reaching  and 
  raising  ore,  for  raising  water,  etc 
 
  6.  A  long  passage  for  the  admission  or  outlet  of  air;  an  air 
  shaft. 
 
  7.  The  chamber  of  a  blast  furnace. 
 
  {Line  shaft}  (Mach.),  a  main  shaft  of  considerable  length,  in 
  a  shop  or  factory,  usually  bearing  a  number  of  pulleys  by 
  which  machines  are  driven,  commonly  by  means  of 
  countershafts;  --  called  also  {line},  or  {main  line}. 
 
  {Shaft  alley}  (Naut.),  a  passage  extending  from  the  engine 
  room  to  the  stern,  and  containing  the  propeller  shaft. 
 
  {Shaft  furnace}  (Metal.),  a  furnace,  in  the  form  of  a 
  chimney,  which  is  charged  at  the  top  and  tapped  at  the 
  bottom. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  line 
  n  1:  a  formation  of  people  or  things  beside  one  another;  "the 
  line  of  soldiers  advanced  with  their  bayonets  fixed"; 
  "they  were  arrayed  in  line  of  battle" 
  2:  a  mark  that  is  long  relative  to  its  width;  "He  drew  a  line 
  on  the  chart";  "The  substance  produced  characteristic 
  lines  on  the  spectroscope" 
  3:  a  formation  of  people  or  things  one  after  another;  "the  line 
  stretched  clear  around  the  corner" 
  4:  a  length  (straight  or  curved)  without  breadth  or  thickness; 
  the  trace  of  a  moving  point 
  5:  a  linear  string  of  words  expressing  some  idea;  "the  letter 
  consisted  of  three  short  lines" 
  6:  a  single  frequency  (or  very  narrow  band)  of  radiation  in  a 
  spectrum 
  7:  a  fortified  position  (especially  one  marking  the  most 
  forward  position  of  troops);  "they  attacked  the  enemy's 
  line" 
  8:  methodical  reasoning;  "I  can't  follow  your  line  of 
  reasoning"  [syn:  {argumentation},  {logical  argument},  {line 
  of  reasoning}] 
  9:  an  electrical  conductor  connecting  telephones  or  television 
  or  power  stations  [syn:  {cable},  {electrical  cable},  {transmission 
  line}] 
  10:  a  connected  series  of  events  or  actions  or  developments; 
  "the  government  took  a  firm  course"  or  "historians  can 
  only  point  out  those  lines  for  which  evidence  is 
  available"  [syn:  {course}] 
  11:  a  spatial  location  defined  by  a  real  or  imaginary 
  unidimensional  extent 
  12:  a  slight  depression  in  the  smoothness  of  a  surface;  "His 
  face  has  many  wrinkles"  [syn:  {wrinkle},  {furrow},  {crease}, 
  {crinkle},  {seam}] 
  13:  a  pipe  used  to  transport  liquids  or  gases;  "a  pipeline  runs 
  from  the  wells  to  the  seaport"  [syn:  {pipeline}] 
  14:  railroad  track  and  roadbed  [syn:  {railway  line},  {rail  line}] 
  15:  a  telephone  connection  [syn:  {telephone  line},  {phone  line}] 
  16:  acting  in  conformity;  "in  line  with"  or  "he  got  out  of  line" 
  or  "toe  the  line" 
  17:  the  descendants  of  one  individual;  "his  entire  lineage  has 
  been  warriors"  [syn:  {lineage},  {line  of  descent},  {descent}, 
  {bloodline},  {blood  line},  {blood},  {pedigree},  {ancestry}, 
  {origin},  {parentage},  {stock}] 
  18:  something  long  and  thin  and  flexible 
  19:  the  principal  activity  in  your  life;  "he's  not  in  my  line  of 
  business"  [syn:  {occupation},  {business},  {line  of  work}] 
  20:  in  games  or  sports;  a  mark  indicating  positions  or  bounds  of 
  the  playing  area 
  21:  (often  plural)  a  means  of  communication  or  access  "it  must 
  go  through  official  channels";  "lines  of  communication 
  were  set  up  between  the  two  firms"  [syn:  {channel},  {communication 
  channel}] 
  22:  a  particular  kind  of  product;  "a  nice  line  of  shoes"  [syn:  {product 
  line},  {line  of  products},  {line  of  merchandise},  {business 
  line},  {line  of  business}] 
  23:  a  commercial  organization  serving  as  a  common  carrier 
  24:  space  for  one  line  of  print  (one  column  wide  and  1/14  inch 
  deep)  used  to  measure  advertising  [syn:  {agate  line}] 
  25:  the  maximum  credit  that  a  customer  is  allowed  [syn:  {credit 
  line},  {line  of  credit},  {bank  line},  {personal  credit 
  line},  {personal  line  of  credit}] 
  26:  a  succession  of  notes  forming  a  distinctive  sequence;  "she 
  was  humming  an  air  from  Beethoven"  [syn:  {tune},  {melody}, 
  {air},  {strain},  {melodic  line},  {melodic  phrase}] 
  27:  a  short  personal  letter;  "drop  me  a  line  when  you  get  there" 
  [syn:  {note},  {short  letter}] 
  28:  a  conceptual  separation  or  demarcation:  "there  is  a  narrow 
  line  between  sanity  and  insanity"  [syn:  {dividing  line}, 
  {demarcation},  {contrast}] 
  29:  a  factory  system  in  which  an  article  is  conveyed  through 
  sites  at  which  successive  operations  are  performed  on  it 
  [syn:  {production  line},  {assembly  line}] 
  v  1:  be  in  line  with  form  a  line  along  of  trees  along  a  river, 
  etc  [syn:  {run  along}] 
  2:  cover  the  interior  of  as  of  garments:  :lined  gloves" 
  3:  make  a  mark  or  lines  on  a  surface;  "draw  a  line";  "draw  the 
  outlines  of  a  figure  in  the  sand";  "trace  an  animal  shape" 
  [syn:  {trace},  {draw},  {outline},  {describe},  {delineate}] 
  4:  mark  with  lines;  "sorrow  had  lined  his  face" 
  5:  mark  with  lines,  draw  lines  on  "The  paper  was  lined" 
  6:  fill  plentifully;  "line  one's  pockets" 
  7:  reinforce  with  fabric;  of  books 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  line 
 
  1.    An  electrical  conductor.  For  distances  larger 
  than  a  breadbox,  a  single  line  may  consist  of  two  electrical 
  conductors  in  twisted,  parallel,  or  concentric  arrangement 
  used  to  transport  one  logical  signal. 
 
  By  extension,  a  (usually  physical)  medium  such  as  an  {optical 
  fibre}  which  carries  a  signal. 
 
  (1995-09-29) 
 
 




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