Webster 1913 Edition
[Obs.]“Garments made of line.”
The longer and finer fiber of flax.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To cover the inner surface of;
linea cloak with silk or fur; to
linea box with paper or tin.
linedwith rich carnation silk.
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
linedbeyond ordinary, to reach unto.
Till coffee has her stomach
To place persons or things along the side of for security or defense; to strengthen by adding anything; to fortify;
lineworks with soldiers
Lineand new repair our towns of war
With men of courage and with means defendant.
To impregnate; – applied to brute animals.
gold foil having a lining of another metal.
līnecable, hawser, prob. from L.
lineaa linen thread, string, line, fr.
linumflax, thread, linen, cable; but the English word was influenced by F.
ligneline, from the same L. word
A linen thread or string; a slender, strong cord; also, a cord of any thickness; a rope; a hawser;
as, a fishing
linefor snaring birds; a clothes
line; a tow
Who so layeth
linesfor to latch fowls.
A more or less threadlike mark of pen, pencil, or graver; any long mark;
as, a chalk.
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
lineof sight or vision
A row of letters, words, etc., written or printed; esp., a row of words extending across a page or column.
A short letter; a note;
linefrom a friend
A verse, or the words which form a certain number of feet, according to the measure.
In the preceding
lineUlysses speaks of Nausicaa.
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
lineof a first-rate man.
That which has length, but not breadth or thickness.
The exterior limit of a figure, plat, or territory; boundary; contour; outline.
Eden stretched her
From Auran eastward to the royal towers
Of great Seleucia.
From Auran eastward to the royal towers
Of great Seleucia.
A threadlike crease marking the face or the hand; hence, characteristic mark.
Though on his brow were graven
He tipples palmistry, and dines
On all her fortune-telling
On all her fortune-telling
Lineament; feature; figure.“The lines of my boy's face.”
A straight row; a continued series or rank;
lineof houses, or of soldiers; a
Unite thy forces and attack their
A series or succession of ancestors or descendants of a given person; a family or race;
as, the ascending or descending
lineof descent; the male
Of his lineage am I, and his offspring
line, as of the stock real.
A connected series of public conveyances, and hence, an established arrangement for forwarding merchandise, etc.;
lineof stages; an express
A circle of latitude or of longitude, as represented on a map.
The equator; – usually called the line, or equinoctial line;
as, to cross.
A long tape, or a narrow ribbon of steel, etc., marked with subdivisions, as feet and inches, for measuring; a tapeline.
A measuring line or cord.
That which was measured by a line, as a field or any piece of land set apart; hence, allotted place of abode.
lineis gone out through all the earth.
Ps. xix. 4.
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.
lineor out of
The track and roadbed of a railway; railroad.
A row of men who are abreast of one another, whether side by side or some distance apart; – opposed to
The regular infantry of an army, as distinguished from militia, guards, volunteer corps, cavalry, artillery, etc.
A trench or rampart.
Dispositions made to cover extended positions, and presenting a front in but one direction to an enemy.
Form of a vessel as shown by the outlines of vertical, horizontal, and oblique sections.
One of the straight horizontal and parallel prolonged strokes on and between which the notes are placed.
A number of shares taken by a jobber.
A series of various qualities and values of the same general class of articles;
as, a full
lineof hosiery; a
lineof merinos, etc.
The wire connecting one telegraphic station with another, or the whole of a system of telegraph wires under one management and name.
The reins with which a horse is guided by his driver.
A measure of length; one twelfth of an inch.
C. Kingsley.[See Def. 18.] –
breeding by a certain family line of descent, especially in the selection of the dam or mother.–
a spiral marine shell (–
Fasciolaria distans), of Florida and the West Indies. It is marked by narrow, dark, revolving lines.
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.
A picture produced by printing from such an engraving.–
Line of battle.
The position of troops drawn up in their usual order without any determined maneuver.
The line or arrangement formed by vessels of war in an engagement.–
Line of battle ship.
Ship of the line, below.
Line of beauty
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.
A line joining two centers, or fulcra, as of wheels or levers.
A line which determines a dead center. See–
Dead center, under
Line of dip
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
the direction of fire.–
Line of force
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.
Line of life
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.
Line of march.
Arrangement of troops for marching.
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
the line which passes through the front and rear sight, at any elevation, when they are sighted at an object.–
a tub in which the line carried by a whaleboat is coiled.–
Mason and Dixon's line,
the boundary line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, as run before the Revolution (1764-1767) by two English astronomers named–
Jeremiah Dixon. In an extended sense, the line between the free and the slave States;
as, below the.
Mason-Dixon line, i.e. in the South
On the line,
on a level with the eye of the spectator; – said of a picture, as hung in an exhibition of pictures.
at risk (dependent upon success) in a contest or enterprise;–
as, the survival of the company is.
on the linein this project
a straight line; the shortest line that can be drawn between two points.–
Ship of the line,
formerly, a ship of war large enough to have a place in the line of battle; a vessel superior to a frigate; usually, a seventy-four, or three-decker; – called also
line of battle shipor
To cross the line,
to cross the equator, as a vessel at sea.–
To give a person line,
to allow him more or less liberty until it is convenient to stop or check him, like a hooked fish that swims away with the line.–
the outline of a horizontal section of a vessel, as when floating in the water.
To mark with a line or lines; to cover with lines;
linea copy book
He had a healthy color in his cheeks, and his face, though
lined, bore few traces of anxiety.
To represent by lines; to delineate; to portray.
[R.]“Pictures fairest lined.”
To read or repeat line by line;
lineout 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.
To form into a line; to align;
To line bees,
to track wild bees to their nest by following their line of flight.–
To line up
to put in alignment; to put in correct adjustment for smooth running. See 3d
Webster 1828 Edition
1.In geometry, a quantity extended in length, without breadth or thickness; or a limit terminating a surface.
2.A slender string; a small cord or rope. The angler uses a line and hook. The seaman uses a hand line, a hauling line, spilling lines, &c.
3.A thread, string or cord extended to direct any operation.
We as by line upon the ocean go.
4.Lineament; a mark in the hand or face.
He tipples palmistry, and dines on all her fortune-telling lines.
5.Delineation; sketch; as the lines of a building.
6.Contour; outline; exterior limit of a figure.
Free as thy stroke, yet faultless as thy line.
7.In writing, printing and engraving, the words and letters which stand on a level in one row, between one margin and another; as a page of thirty lines.
8.In poetry, a verse, or the words which form a certain number of feet, according to the measure.
9.A short letter; a note. I received a line from my friend by the last mail.
10.A rank or row of soldiers, or the disposition of an army drawn up with an extended front; or the like disposition of a fleet prepared for engagement.
11.A trench or rampart; an extended work in fortification.
Unite thy forces and attack their lines.
12.Method; disposition; as line of order.
13.Extension; limit; border.
Eden stretched her line from Auran eastward to the royal towers of great Seleucia.
14.Equator; equinoctial circle.
When the sun below the line descends -
15.A series or succession of progeny or relations, descending from a common progenitor. We speak of the ascending or descending line; the line of descent; the male line; a line of kings.
16.The twelfth part of an inch.
17.A straight extended mark.
18.A straight or parallel direction. The houses must all stand in a line. Every new building must be set in a line with other on the same street.
19.Occupation; employment; department or course of business. We speak of men in the same line of business.
What general line of conduct ought to be pursued?
21.Lint or flax. [Seldom used.]
22.In heraldry, lines are the figures used in armories to divide the shield into different parts, and to compose different figures.
23.In Scripture, line signifies a cord for measuring; also, instruction, doctrine. Ps. 19. Is. 28.
A right line, a straight or direct line; the shortest line that can be drawn between two points.
Horizontal line, a line drawn parallel to the horizon.
Equinoctial line, in geography, a great circle on the earth's surface, at 90 degrees distance from each pole, and bisecting the earth at that part. In astronomy, the circle which the sun seems to describe, in March and September, when the days and nights are of equal length.
Meridian line, an imaginary circle drawn through the two poles of the earth, and any part of its surface.
A ship of the line, a ship of war large enough to have a place in the line of battle. All ships carrying seventy four or more large guns, are ships of the line. Smaller ships may sometimes be so called.
1.To cover on the inside; as a garment lined with linen, fur or silk; a box lined with paper or tin.
2.To put in the inside.
- What if I do line one of their hands?
3.To place along by the side of any thing for guarding; as, to line a hedge with riflemen; to line works with soldiers.
4.To strengthen by additional works or men.
Line and new repair your towns of war with men of courage.
5.To cover; to add a covering; as, to line a crutch.
6.To strengthen with any thing added.
Who lined himself with hope.
7.To impregnate; applied to irrational animals.