line Definition

  • 1a long, narrow mark or band
  • 2a length of cord, rope, wire, or other material serving a particular purpose
  • 3a row or connected series of people or things

Using line: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "line" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The line on the paper was straight.

  • Example

    He hung the clothes on the line to dry.

  • Example

    There was a long line of people waiting to buy tickets.

line Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for line

Idioms Using line

  • in alignment or in the correct sequence


    Please stand in line and wait for your turn to board the bus.

  • at risk of losing something


    His job is on the line if he doesn't meet his sales targets this quarter.

  • understand the hidden or implied meaning in written or spoken communication


    She didn't say it directly, but I could read between the lines and tell that she was unhappy with the decision.

Phrases with line

  • set a limit beyond which one will not tolerate or allow something


    I don't mind helping out, but I draw the line at doing someone else's work for them.

  • line up

    arrange a group of people or things in a row or queue


    The teacher asked the students to line up outside the classroom.

  • conform to rules or standards


    If you want to keep your job, you need to toe the line and follow company policies.

Origins of line

from Old English 'līne', from Latin 'linea', meaning 'a linen thread'


Summary: line in Brief

The term 'line' [laɪn] refers to a long, narrow mark or band, a length of cord, rope, wire, or other material serving a particular purpose, or a row or connected series of people or things. It can be used to describe a straight line on paper, hanging clothes on a line to dry, or waiting in a long line of people. Phrases like 'draw the line' and 'toe the line' denote setting limits and conforming to rules, while idioms like 'in line' and 'on the line' refer to alignment and risk.

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