- I UK [laɪn] / US
Word forms "line":
singular line plural lines
1) [countable] a long thin mark on the surface of something
Draw a straight line.
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 match 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 lineb) a long thin mark on a road used for organizing traffic and for showing drivers where they can park
His only previous conviction is for parking on a double yellow line.c) a thin mark on someone's skin that appears especially as they get older
There were small lines at the corners of her mouth and around her eyes.2)a) [countable] a border between two regions
the line between Northern Ireland and the Republicb) an imaginary limit or border between two situations or conditionsline between:
The country is still divided along ethnic lines.a fine/thin line:
The programme blurs the line between news and entertainment.
There is a fine line between resolving the crisis peacefully and giving in to terrorism.3)a) [countable] 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.b) a telephone service
The advice line is open from 6pm to 10pm on weekdays.
a chat line4)a) [countable] a part of a railway system
the London to Brighton line
There are plans to reopen the railway line.b) the long metal bars on which trains travel
Train services have been cancelled due to repair work on the line.5)a) [countable, usually singular] a way of thinking, talking, or finding out about somethingline of thought:line of argument:
He impatiently dismissed this line of thought.line of enquiry:
You also need to develop a persuasive line of argument.
What are the main lines of enquiry you intend to pursue?b) an attitude or belief, especially one that is expressed publiclytake a tough/firm/hard line:line on:
Environmental groups took a very tough line with the industry.
Forsyth appears to have hardened his line on Europe.6) [countable] a series of words written or printed in a row
a line of texta) [plural] theatre the words that an actor says in a performance
He forgot his lines.b) [countable] a clever or funny remarkc) [singular] a remark, excuse, or explanation that is not sincere or true
Don't give me that old line.7) [countable] a row of people or things
A line of police stood outside the post office as employees were evacuated.in a line:
On the far bank were thick reeds and a line of palm trees.
She told the children to walk in a line and not push.a) a row of soldiers, ships, or weapons facing an enemy
The plane was brought down behind enemy lines.b) mainly American a queue of people waiting for somethingstand in line:
We stood in line for about an hour to get the tickets.8) [countable] 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.9) [countable] a company that provides a transport service
The shipping line is losing money, and the government wants to sell it.10) [countable] several products forming a set, for example because they are all of the same type or are all produced by the same company
The company is broadening its product lines to attract more buyers.
a new line of perfume11) [countable] a piece of string, rope, or wire used for a particular purpose
a washing line
Heavy snow brought down power lines.12) [countable] the direction or path along which someone or something moves or looks
He was so drunk he couldn't walk in a straight line.line of fire (= the direction in which weapons are fired):
Deep snow is blocking the mountain roads that serve as supply lines for the rebels.line of vision (= the direction in which someone is looking):
Though there is fighting nearby, the camp is not in the line of fire.
I was standing right in his line of vision.13) [countable] an edge that shows the shape of something
Buyers are attracted by the sleek lines of the car.14) [countable] music a series of connected musical notes that form a tune
a bass line15)a) [countable] a series of connected events
This is just the latest in a long line of such scandals.b) a series of connected generations in the same family
Mr Nelson comes from a long line of carpenters.16) [singular] a type of work or area of interestline of business/work:in someone's line:
What line of business are you in exactly?
Light novels are more in my line.17) [countable] informal a quantity of an illegal drug that is arranged into a line before being taken
a line of cocaine•all along/down the line (= at every stage):
along/down the line— at a stage during a processsomewhere along/down the line (= at some stage):
Our supporters have been magnificent all along the line.further along/down the line (= at a later stage):
Somewhere along the line vital information has been withheld.
The judge said compensation would be considered further down the line.
along similar/different etc lines— in a similar/different etc wayalong the lines of (= similar to):
We are all working along similar lines.
Vienna and Berlin were modernist cities, almost along the lines of Chicago.
bring someone/something into line— to make someone/something similar to another person or thingbring someone/something into line with:
The restructuring of the business has brought output and demand into line.
The new ruling brings this country into line with the rest of Europe.come/get/fall into line with:
come/get/fall into line— to agree with or become similar to someone or something else
It didn't take much pressure to make him fall into line with party policy.
in line/out of line with— similar/different to someone or something; changing/not changing in the same way as another thing
The costs were very much in line with what we expected.
Pensioners get an annual increase in line with the cost of living.- on line
II UK [laɪn] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "line":
present tense I/you/we/they line he/she/it lines present participle lining past tense lined past participle lined
1)a) to cover the inside of something, especially a piece of clothing or a container, with a layer of something elseline something with something:
Line the dish with aluminium foil.
He wore a black coat lined with dark grey silk.b) 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 up
English dictionary. 2014.