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Line (l&ī;n), n. [OE. lin. See Linen.] 1. Flax; linen. [Obs.]Garments made of line.” Spenser.
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2. The longer and finer fiber of flax.
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Line, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lined (l&ī;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.
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The inside lined with rich carnation silk. W. Browne.
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2. To put something in the inside of; to fill; to supply, as a purse with money.
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The charge amounteth very high for any one man's purse, except lined beyond ordinary, to reach unto. Carew.
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Till coffee has her stomach lined. Swift.
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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.
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Line and new repair our towns of war
With men of courage and with means defendant.
Shak.
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4. To impregnate; -- applied to brute animals. Creech.
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Lined gold, gold foil having a lining of another metal.
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Line, n. [OE. line, AS. l&ī;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.
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Who so layeth lines for to latch fowls. Piers Plowman.
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2. A more or less threadlike mark of pen, pencil, or graver; any long mark; as, a chalk line.
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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.
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4. Direction; as, the line of sight or vision.
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5. A row of letters, words, etc., written or printed; esp., a row of words extending across a page or column.
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6. A short letter; a note; as, a line from a friend.
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7. (Poet.) A verse, or the words which form a certain number of feet, according to the measure.
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In the preceding line Ulysses speaks of Nausicaa. Broome.
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8. Course of conduct, thought, occupation, or policy; method of argument; department of industry, trade, or intellectual activity.
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He is uncommonly powerful in his own line, but it is not the line of a first-rate man. Coleridge.
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9. (Math.) That which has length, but not breadth or thickness.
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10. The exterior limit of a figure, plat, or territory; boundary; contour; outline.
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Eden stretched her line
From Auran eastward to the royal towers
Of great Seleucia.
Milton.
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11. A threadlike crease marking the face or the hand; hence, characteristic mark.
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Though on his brow were graven lines austere. Byron.
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He tipples palmistry, and dines
On all her fortune-telling lines.
Cleveland.
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12. Lineament; feature; figure.The lines of my boy's face.” Shak.
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13. A straight row; a continued series or rank; as, a line of houses, or of soldiers; a line of barriers.
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Unite thy forces and attack their lines. Dryden.
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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.
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Of his lineage am I, and his offspring
By very line, as of the stock real.
Chaucer.
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15. A connected series of public conveyances, and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc.; as, a line of stages; an express line.
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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.
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17. A long tape, or a narrow ribbon of steel, etc., marked with subdivisions, as feet and inches, for measuring; a tapeline.
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18. (Script.) (a) A measuring line or cord.
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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.
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The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. Ps. xvi. 6.

(c) Instruction; doctrine.
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Their line is gone out through all the earth. Ps. xix. 4.
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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.
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20. The track and roadbed of a railway; railroad.
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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.
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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.
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23. pl. (Shipbuilding) Form of a vessel as shown by the outlines of vertical, horizontal, and oblique sections.
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24. (Mus.) One of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged strokes on and between which the notes are placed.
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25. (Stock Exchange) A number of shares taken by a jobber.
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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.
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27. The wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, or the whole of a system of telegraph wires under one management and name.
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28. pl. The reins with which a horse is guided by his driver. [U. S.]
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29. A measure of length; one twelfth of an inch.
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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&ö;l.), a spiral marine shell (Fasciolaria distans), of Florida and the West Indies. It is marked by narrow, dark, revolving lines. -- Line engraving. (a)