line

Line has many meanings, most stemming from the basic idea of something unbroken and often straight. It might be the line you wait in at the market, or just a connection of two points.

The original meaning of line came from the Latin word linea, or “linen thread.” Your career is also your "line of work." Since you're an engineer, you might say "that's not in my line" if you are asked to bake a cake. A "pick-up line" is something you might hear from a person at a party who's flirting with you. It will probably be corny.

Definitions of line
  1. noun
    a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
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    curve
    a line on a graph representing data
    curve, curved shape
    the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
    straight line
    a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature
    geodesic, geodesic line
    (mathematics) the shortest line between two points on a mathematically defined surface (as a straight line on a plane or an arc of a great circle on a sphere)
    perimeter
    a line enclosing a plane area
    center line, centerline
    a line that bisects a plane figure
    bound, boundary, edge
    a line determining the limits of an area
    Gaussian curve, Gaussian shape, bell-shaped curve, normal curve
    a symmetrical curve representing the normal distribution
    regression curve, regression line
    a smooth curve fitted to the set of paired data in regression analysis; for linear regression the curve is a straight line
    meander
    a bend or curve, as in a stream or river
    closed curve
    a curve (such as a circle) having no endpoints
    S-shape
    a double curve resembling the letter S
    catenary
    the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points
    Cupid's bow
    the double curve of the upper lip when considered to resemble Cupid's bow
    undulation, wave
    an undulating curve
    extrados
    the exterior curve of an arch
    gooseneck
    something in a thin curved form (like the neck of a goose)
    intrados
    the interior curve of an arch
    bend, crook, turn, twist
    a circular segment of a curve
    crotchet, hook
    a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook
    envelope
    a curve that is tangent to each of a family of curves
    perpendicular
    a straight line at right angles to another line
    asymptote
    a straight line that is the limiting value of a curve; can be considered as tangent at infinity
    tangent
    a straight line or plane that touches a curve or curved surface at only one point
    secant
    a straight line that intersects a curve at two or more points
    radius
    a straight line from the center to the perimeter of a circle (or from the center to the surface of a sphere)
    diameter
    a straight line connecting the center of a circle with two points on its perimeter (or the center of a sphere with two points on its surface)
    arc
    a continuous portion of a circle
    crenation, crenature, crenel, crenelle, scallop
    one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)
    chord
    a straight line connecting two points on a curve
    spiral
    a plane curve traced by a point circling about the center but at increasing distances from the center
    helix, spiral
    a curve that lies on the surface of a cylinder or cone and cuts the element at a constant angle
    perversion
    a curve that reverses the direction of something
    element
    a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone
    sinuosity, sinuousness
    having curves
    arch
    a curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening
    bell, bell shape, campana
    the shape of a bell
    arc, bow
    something curved in shape
    crescent
    a curved shape tapers at the ends, like the moon in its first and last quarters
    rim
    the shape of a raised edge of a more or less circular object
    quadric, quadric surface
    a curve or surface whose equation (in Cartesian coordinates) is of the second degree
    border, margin, perimeter
    the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary
    fringe, outer boundary, periphery
    the outside boundary or surface of something
    brink, threshold, verge
    a region marking a boundary
    upper bound
    (mathematics) a number equal to or greater than any other number in a given set
    lower bound
    (mathematics) a number equal to or less than any other number in a given set
    bias, diagonal
    a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric
    diagonal
    (geometry) a straight line connecting any two vertices of a polygon that are not adjacent
    line roulette, roulette
    a line generated by a point on one figure rolling around a second figure
    thalweg
    the middle of the chief navigable channel of a waterway that forms the boundary line between states
    vector
    a straight line segment whose length is magnitude and whose orientation in space is direction
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    form, shape
    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
  2. noun
    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
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    part, parting
    a line of scalp that can be seen when sections of hair are combed in opposite directions
    axis
    a straight line through a body or figure that satisfies certain conditions
    aclinic line, magnetic equator
    an imaginary line paralleling the equator where a magnetic needle has no dip
    agonic line
    an imaginary line connecting points on the Earth's surface where the magnetic declination is zero
    isogonal line, isogone, isogonic line
    an imaginary line connecting points on the Earth's surface where the magnetic declination is the same
    crest
    the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave
    timber line, timberline, tree line
    line marking the upper limit of tree growth in mountains or northern latitudes
    snow line
    the line on a mountain above which there is perpetual snow and ice
    fault line
    (geology) line determined by the intersection of a geological fault and the earth's surface
    great circle
    a circular line on the surface of a sphere formed by intersecting it with a plane passing through the center
    hemline
    the line formed by the lower edge of a skirt or coat
    hipline
    the line formed by the lower edge of hip-length garment
    hipline
    the line formed by measuring the hip at its greatest part
    apparent horizon, horizon, sensible horizon, skyline, visible horizon
    the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet
    isarithm, isogram, isopleth
    a line drawn on a map connecting points having the same numerical value of some variable
    flight line
    place where airplanes are parked and the maintenance hangars (but not the runways or taxiways)
    line of sight, line of vision
    an imaginary straight line along which an observer looks
    latitude, line of latitude, parallel, parallel of latitude
    an imaginary line around the Earth parallel to the equator
    lunar latitude
    an imaginary line around the moon parallel to its equator
    itinerary, path, route
    an established line of travel or access
    quadrant, quarter-circle
    a quarter of the circumference of a circle
    loxodrome, rhumb, rhumb line
    a line on a sphere that cuts all meridians at the same angle; the path taken by a ship or plane that maintains a constant compass direction
    danger line
    a line beyond which it is dangerous to go
    side
    a line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane figure
    water level, water line, waterline
    a line corresponding to the surface of the water when the vessel is afloat on an even keel; often painted on the hull of a ship
    water line, watermark
    a line marking the level reached by a body of water
    divide, water parting, watershed
    a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
    course, path, track
    a line or route along which something travels or moves
    field line, line of force
    an imaginary line in a field of force; direction of the line at any point is the direction of the force at that point
    feeder line
    a branching path off of a main transportation line (especially an airline)
    main line
    the principal route of a transportation system
    data track, track
    (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
    coordinate axis
    one of the fixed reference lines of a coordinate system
    major axis
    the longest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid; passes through the two foci
    semimajor axis
    one-half the major axis of an ellipse; the distance from the center of an ellipse to one end
    minor axis
    the shorter or shortest axis of an ellipse or ellipsoid
    semiminor axis
    one-half the minor axis of an ellipse
    optic axis, principal axis
    a line that passes through the center of curvature of a lens so that light is neither reflected nor refracted
    optic axis
    in a doubly refracting crystal, the line in the direction of which no double refraction occurs
    air lane, airway, flight path, skyway
    a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another
    approach pattern, pattern, traffic pattern
    the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport
    flight path
    the path of a rocket or projectile or aircraft through the air
    polar circle
    a line of latitude at the north or south poles
    beat, round
    a regular route for a sentry, police officer, or reporter
    bus route
    the route regularly followed by a passenger bus
    celestial equator, equinoctial, equinoctial circle, equinoctial line
    the great circle on the celestial sphere midway between the celestial poles
    ecliptic
    the great circle representing the apparent annual path of the sun; the plane of the Earth's orbit around the sun; makes an angle of about 23 degrees with the equator
    equator
    an imaginary line around the Earth forming the great circle that is equidistant from the north and south poles
    celestial horizon, horizon
    the great circle on the celestial sphere whose plane passes through the sensible horizon and the center of the Earth
    horse latitude
    either of two belts or regions near 30 degrees north or 30 degrees south; characterized by calms and light-baffling winds
    hour circle
    a great circle on the celestial sphere that passes through both celestial poles
    isobar
    (meteorology)an isogram connecting points having equal barometric pressure at a given time
    isochrone
    an isogram connecting points at which something occurs or arrives at the same time
    isoclinal, isoclinic line
    an isogram connecting points of equal magnetic inclination
    isohel
    an isogram connecting points receiving equal amounts of sunshine
    isotherm
    (meteorology) an isogram connecting points having the same temperature at a given time
    line of flight
    the path along which a freely moving object travels through the air
    line of march
    the route along which a column advances
    Plimsoll, Plimsoll line, Plimsoll mark, load line
    waterlines to show the level the water should reach when the ship is properly loaded
    line of longitude, meridian
    an imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth passing through the north and south poles at right angles to the equator
    celestial orbit, orbit
    the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another
    electron orbit, orbit
    the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
    paper round, paper route
    the route taken when delivering newspapers every day
    beeline
    the most direct route
    circuit
    an established itinerary of venues or events that a particular group of people travel to
    crosscut
    a diagonal path
    supply line, supply route
    a route over which supplies can be delivered
    line of fire
    the path of a missile discharged from a firearm
    flyway, migration route
    the geographic route along which birds customarily migrate
    fairway
    the usual course taken by vessels through a harbor or coastal waters
    tropic
    either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees to the north and south of the equator representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the Torrid Zone or tropics
    vertical circle
    a great circle on the celestial sphere passing through the zenith and perpendicular to the horizon
    high-water mark
    a line marking the highest level reached
    low-water mark
    a line marking the lowest level reached
    continental divide
    the watershed of a continent (especially the watershed of North America formed by a series of mountain ridges extending from Alaska to Mexico)
    direction, way
    a line leading to a place or point
    trade route
    a route followed by traders (usually in caravans)
    collision course
    a course of a moving object that will lead to a collision if it continues unchanged
    inside track
    the inner side of a curved racecourse
    round
    the course along which communications spread
    steps
    the course along which a person has walked or is walking in
    belt, swath
    a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing)
    trail
    a track or mark left by something that has passed
    electrical line of force
    a line of force in an electrical field
    magnetic line of force
    a line of force in a magnetic field
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    location
    a point or extent in space
  3. noun
    a mark that is long relative to its width
    “He drew a line on the chart”
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    cross hair, cross wire
    either of two fine mutually perpendicular lines that cross in the focus plane of an optical instrument and are use for sighting or calibration
    dotted line
    a line made up of dots or dashes; often used to indicate where you are supposed to sign a contract
    ascender
    (printing) the part of tall lowercase letters that extends above the other lowercase letters
    bar line
    a vertical line before the accented beat marking the boundary between musical bars
    descender
    (printing) the part of lowercase letters that extends below the other lowercase letters
    curlicue, squiggle
    a short twisting line
    spectrum line
    an isolated component of a spectrum formed by radiation at a uniform frequency
    trend line
    a line on a graph indicating a statistical trend
    isometric, isometric line
    a line connecting isometric points
    graduation
    a line (as on a vessel or ruler) that marks a measurement
    guideline
    a light line that is used in lettering to help align the letters
    hairline
    a very thin line
    shaft
    a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
    serif, seriph
    a short line at the end of the main strokes of a character
    staff line
    any of the 5 horizontal marks comprising a staff
    ledger line, leger line
    a short line; a notation for extending the range above or below the staff
    contour, contour line
    a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height
    hair stroke
    a very fine line in writing or printing
    double bar
    notation marking the end of principal parts of a musical composition; two adjacent bar lines
    fine structure
    the presence of groups of closely spaced spectrum lines observed in the atomic spectrum of certain elements
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    mark, print
    a visible indication made on a surface
  4. noun
    a single frequency (or very narrow band) of radiation in a spectrum
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    electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic wave, nonparticulate radiation
    radiation consisting of waves of energy associated with electric and magnetic fields resulting from the acceleration of an electric charge
  5. noun
    a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
    synonyms: cable, transmission line
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    coax, coax cable, coaxial cable
    a transmission line for high-frequency signals
    electrical cable
    a cable that provides an electrical connection for telephone or television or power stations
    fiber optic cable, fibre optic cable
    a cable made of optical fibers that can transmit large amounts of information at the speed of light
    power cable, power line
    cable used to distribute electricity
    printer cable
    a cable between a computer and a printer
    ethernet cable
    any of several types of coaxial cable used in ethernets
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    conductor
    a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
  6. noun
    something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible
    “a washing line
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    becket
    (nautical) a short line with an eye at one end and a knot at the other; used to secure loose items on a ship
    cord
    a line made of twisted fibers or threads
    laniard, lanyard
    (nautical) a line used for extending or fastening rigging on ships
    lifeline
    line thrown from a vessel that people can cling to in order to save themselves from drowning
    lifeline
    line that raises or lowers a deep-sea diver
    mooring, mooring line
    (nautical) a line that holds an object (especially a boat) in place
    painter
    a line that is attached to the bow of a boat and used for tying up (as when docking or towing)
    ratlin, ratline
    (nautical) a small horizontal rope between the shrouds of a sailing ship; they form a ladder for climbing aloft
    rope
    a strong line
    mainsheet, sheet, shroud, tack, weather sheet
    (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
    shroud
    a line that suspends the harness from the canopy of a parachute
    strand
    line consisting of a complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable
    towing line, towing rope, towline, towrope
    (nautical) a rope used in towing
    trace
    either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
    agal
    a cord (usually of goat's hair) that Arabs (especially Bedouins) wind around their heads to hold down the kaffiyeh
    apron string
    (usually used in the plural) a cord used to tie an apron at the waist
    bola
    a rope with weights attached to the ends; is thrown to entangle the legs of an animal; of South American origin
    bowstring
    the string of an archer's bow
    brace
    a rope on a square-rigged ship that is used to swing a yard about and secure it
    brail
    a small rope (one of several) used to draw a sail in
    bungee, bungee cord
    an elasticized rope
    cable
    a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
    catgut, gut
    a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery
    chenille, chenille cord
    a soft tufted cord used in embroidery
    clews
    the cords used to suspend a hammock
    clothesline
    a cord on which clothes are hung to dry
    cordage
    the ropes in the rigging of a ship
    fishing line
    a length of cord to which the leader and float and sinker and hook are attached
    futtock shroud
    shroud that is part of a ship's rigging
    guide rope
    a rope used to guide the movement of the load of a crane
    halliard, halyard
    a rope for raising or lowering a sail or flag
    halter, hangman's halter, hangman's rope, hemp, hempen necktie
    a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging
    harpoon line
    a strong rope for making the catch fast to the harpooner's boat
    hawser
    large heavy rope for nautical use
    headfast
    a mooring line that secures the bow of a boat or ship to a wharf
    jump rope, skip rope, skipping rope
    a length of rope (usually with handles on each end) that is swung around while someone jumps over it
    lace, lacing
    a cord that is drawn through eyelets or around hooks in order to draw together two edges (as of a shoe or garment)
    laniard, lanyard
    a cord worn around the neck to hold a knife or whistle
    laniard, lanyard
    a cord with an attached hook that is used to fire certain types of cannon
    lashing
    rope that is used for fastening something to something else
    lariat, lasso, reata, riata
    a long noosed rope used to catch animals
    log line
    a knotted cord that runs out from a reel to a piece of wood that is attached to it
    piping
    a thin strip of covered cord used to edge hems
    perpendicular, plumb line
    a cord from which a metal weight is suspended pointing directly to the earth's center of gravity; used to determine the vertical from a given point
    ply
    one of the strands twisted together to make yarn or rope or thread; often used in combination
    prolonge
    a rope fitted with a hook and used for towing a gun carriage
    ridge rope
    either of a pair of lifelines running alongside the bowsprit of a ship
    ripcord
    a cord that is pulled to open a parachute from its pack during a descent
    ripcord
    a cord that is pulled to open the gasbag of a balloon wide enough to release gas and so causes the balloon to descend
    rope yarn
    the strands out of which ropes are made
    sash cord, sash line
    a strong cord connecting a sash weight to a sliding sash
    slack
    a cord or rope or cable that is hanging loosely
    small stuff
    any light rope used on shipboard
    static line
    a cord used instead of a ripcord to open a parachute; the cord is attached at one end to the aircraft and temporarily attached to the pack of a parachute at the other; it opens the parachute after the jumper is clear of the plane
    string, twine
    a lightweight cord
    string
    a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed
    thread, yarn
    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
    tie
    a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied
    tier
    something that is used for tying
    tightrope
    tightly stretched rope or wire on which acrobats perform high above the ground
    trip line
    a light rope used in lumbering to free a dog hook from a log at a distance
    whipcord
    closely twisted hard cord used for the lashes of whips
    taper, wick
    a loosely woven cord (in a candle or oil lamp) that draws fuel by capillary action up into the flame
    wick
    any piece of cord that conveys liquid by capillary action
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    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  7. noun
    a telephone connection
    synonyms: phone line, subscriber line, telephone circuit, telephone line
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    DSL, digital subscriber line
    a generic name for digital lines that are provided by telephone companies to their local subscribers and that carry data at high speeds
    hot line
    a direct telephone line between two officials
    land line, landline
    a telephone line that travels over terrestrial circuits
    party line
    a telephone line serving two or more subscribers
    private line
    a telephone line serving a single subscriber
    toll line
    a telephone line for long-distance calls
    trunk line
    a telephone line connecting two exchanges directly
    WATS, WATS line
    a telephone line;long distance service at fixed rates for fixed zones; an acronym for wide area telephone service
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    connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion
    an instrumentality that connects
  8. noun
    (often plural) a means of communication or access
    lines of communication were set up between the two firms”
    synonyms: channel, communication channel
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    back channel
    an alternative to the regular channels of communication that is used when agreements must be made secretly (especially in diplomacy or government)
    lens
    (metaphor) a channel through which something can be seen or understood
    contact, inter-group communication, liaison, link
    a channel for communication between groups
    line of gab, patter, spiel
    plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)
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    communicating, communication
    the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
  9. noun
    a pipe used to transport liquids or gases
    synonyms: pipeline
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    trans-Alaska pipeline
    an oil pipeline that runs 800 miles from wells at Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez
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    gas line
    a pipeline used to transport natural gas
    oil pipeline
    a pipeline used to transport oil
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    pipage, pipe, piping
    a long tube made of metal or plastic that is used to carry water or oil or gas etc.
  10. noun
    the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
    synonyms: rail line, railway line
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    branch line, spur, spur track
    a railway line connected to a trunk line
    trunk line, trunk route
    line that is the main route on a railway
    loop-line
    a railway branch line that branches from the trunk line and then rejoins it later on
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    road, route
    an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
  11. noun
    a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
    “his face has many lines
    synonyms: crease, crinkle, furrow, seam, wrinkle
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    crow's feet, crow's foot, laugh line
    a wrinkle in the skin at the outer corner of your eyes
    dermatoglyphic
    the lines that form patterns on the skin (especially on the fingertips and the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet)
    frown line
    a facial wrinkle associated with frowning
    life line, lifeline, line of life
    a crease on the palm; its length is said by palmists to indicate how long you will live
    heart line, line of heart, love line, mensal line
    a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates your emotional nature
    line of Saturn, line of destiny, line of fate
    a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates how successful you will be
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    depression, impression, imprint
    a concavity in a surface produced by pressing
  12. noun
    in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
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    balkline, baulk-line, string line
    line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game
    finish line, finishing line
    a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
    foul line
    lines through 1st and 3rd base indicating the boundaries of a baseball field
    foul line
    a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross
    foul line
    a line from which basketball players take penalty shots
    baseline
    the lines a baseball player must follow while running the bases
    goal line
    a line marking each end of the playing field or pitch; where the goals stand
    red line
    a line that is colored red and that bisects an ice hockey rink
    line of scrimmage, scrimmage line
    line parallel to the goal lines where football linesmen line up at the start of each play in American football
    baseline, service line
    the back line bounding each end of a tennis or handball court; when serving the server must not step over this line
    out of bounds, sideline
    a line that marks the side boundary of a playing field
    scratch, scratch line, start, starting line
    a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
    yard line
    in football; line parallel to the goal lines indicating position on the field
    touchline
    either of the sidelines in soccer or rugby
    tape
    the finishing line for a foot race
    wire
    the finishing line on a racetrack
    type of:
    mark, print
    a visible indication made on a surface
  13. noun
    the maximum credit that a customer is allowed
    synonyms: bank line, credit line, line of credit, personal credit line, personal line of credit
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    consumer credit
    a line of credit extended for personal or household use
    equity credit line, home equity credit, home equity loan, home loan
    a loan secured by equity value in the borrower's home
    installment credit, installment loan
    a loan repaid with interest in equal periodic payments
    charge account credit, open-end credit, revolving credit
    a consumer credit line that can be used up to a certain limit or paid down at any time
    type of:
    credit
    money available for a client to borrow
  14. noun
    a conceptual separation or distinction
    “there is a narrow line between sanity and insanity”
    synonyms: contrast, demarcation, dividing line
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    Rubicon, point of no return
    a line that when crossed permits of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment
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    differentiation, distinction
    a discrimination between things as different and distinct
  15. verb
    make a mark or lines on a surface
    synonyms: delineate, describe, draw, trace
    draw
    engage in drawing
    draw
    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
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    construct
    draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions
    inscribe
    draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
    circumscribe
    draw a line around
    circumscribe
    draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
    write
    mark or trace on a surface
    dot
    make a dot or dots
    stenograph
    write in shorthand
    calligraph
    write beautifully and ornamentally
    cross
    trace a line through or across
    superscribe
    write on the outside or upper part of
    superscribe
    write on the top or outside
    capitalise, capitalize
    write in capital letters
    letter
    mark letters on or mark with letters
    print
    write as if with print; not cursive
    scrawl, scribble
    write carelessly
    copy
    copy down as is
    impress, print
    reproduce by printing
    type of:
    mark
    make or leave a mark on
  16. verb
    mark with lines
    “sorrow had lined his face”
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    reline
    put new lines on
    hatch
    draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper
    crisscross
    mark with or consist of a pattern of crossed lines
    type of:
    mark, nock, score
    make small marks into the surface of
  17. noun
    a formation of people or things one beside another
    “the line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed”
    “they were arrayed in line of battle”
    “the cast stood in line for the curtain call”
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    rivet line
    a line of rivets at a seam
    chorus, chorus line
    a body of dancers or singers who perform together
    diagonal
    an oblique line of squares of the same color on a checkerboard
    linemen
    the football players who line up on the line of scrimmage
    lineup
    a line of persons arranged by police for inspection or identification
    row
    an arrangement of objects or people side by side in a line
    rank
    a row or line of people (especially soldiers or police) standing abreast of one another
    corps de ballet, ensemble
    the chorus of a ballet company
    main diagonal, principal diagonal
    the diagonal of a square matrix running from the upper left entry to the lower right entry
    secondary diagonal
    the diagonal of a square matrix running from the lower left entry to the upper right entry
    serration
    a row of notches
    terrace
    a row of houses built in a similar style and having common dividing walls (or the street on which they face)
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    formation
    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
  18. noun
    a formation of people or things one behind another
    “the line stretched clear around the corner”
    “you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter”
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    diagonal
    an oblique line of squares of the same color on a checkerboard
    Indian file, file, single file
    a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
    line of march
    the arrangement of people in a line for marching
    line of succession
    the order in which individuals are expected to succeed one another in some official position
    picket line
    a line of people acting as pickets
    conga line
    a line of people in single file performing the conga dance
    trap line
    a line or series of traps
    queue, waiting line
    a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
    main diagonal, principal diagonal
    the diagonal of a square matrix running from the upper left entry to the lower right entry
    secondary diagonal
    the diagonal of a square matrix running from the lower left entry to the upper right entry
    snake dance
    a group advancing in a single-file serpentine path
    column
    a line of units following one after another
    bread line, breadline
    a queue of people waiting for free food
    checkout line
    a queue of people waiting to pay for purchases
    chow line
    a queue of people waiting for food to be served (especially at a military camp)
    gas line
    a queue of vehicles waiting to purchase gasoline
    reception line
    a line of people (hosts and guests of honor) who welcome the guests at a reception party
    ticket line
    a queue of people waiting to buy tickets
    unemployment line
    a queue of people waiting for employment
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    formation
    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
  19. noun
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    synonyms: air, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune
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    fanfare, flourish, tucket
    (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
    glissando
    a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
    roulade
    (music) an elaborate run of several notes sung to one syllable
    leitmotif, leitmotiv
    a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)
    theme song
    a melody that recurs and comes to represent a musical play or movie
    signature, signature tune, theme song
    a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program
    idea, melodic theme, musical theme, theme
    (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
    part, voice
    the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
    slide, swoop
    (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale
    motif, motive
    a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
    statement
    (music) the presentation of a musical theme
    variation
    a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
    primo
    the principal part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
    secondo
    the second or lower part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
    voice part
    a part written for a singer
    accompaniment, backup, musical accompaniment, support
    a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    bass, bass part
    the lowest part in polyphonic music
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    music
    an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
  20. noun
    text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
    “the letter consisted of three short lines
    “there are six lines in every stanza”
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    opening line
    the first line of a piece of writing (as a newspaper story)
    head, header, heading
    a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about
    line of poetry, line of verse
    a single line of words in a poem
    by-line, credit line
    a line giving the name of the writer of a story or article
    dateline
    a line at the beginning of a news article giving the date and place of origin of the news dispatch
    verse, verse line
    a line of metrical text
    gag line, laugh line, punch line, tag line
    the point of a joke or humorous story
    actor's line, speech, words
    words making up the dialogue of a play
    orphan
    the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
    sound bite
    a very short speech; usually on radio or television
    bottom line
    the last line in an audit; the line that shows profit or loss
    crosshead, crossheading
    a heading of a subsection printed within the body of the text
    headline, newspaper headline
    the heading or caption of a newspaper article
    lemma
    the heading that indicates the subject of an annotation or a literary composition or a dictionary entry
    rubric
    a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type
    running head, running headline
    a heading printed at the top of every page (or every other page) of a book
    subhead, subheading
    a heading of a subdivision of a text
    rubric, statute title, title
    a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with
    acatalectic
    (prosody) a line of verse that has the full number of syllables
    Alexandrine
    (prosody) a line of verse that has six iambic feet
    catalectic
    (prosody) a line of verse that lacks a syllable in the last metrical foot
    hypercatalectic
    (prosody) a line of poetry having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of the last metrical foot
    iambic
    a verse line consisting of iambs
    Adonic, Adonic line
    a verse line with a dactyl followed by a spondee or trochee; supposedly used in laments by Adonis
    aside
    a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
    cue
    an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
    monologue
    a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor
    soliloquy
    a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
    throwaway
    words spoken in a casual way with conscious under-emphasis
    tetrameter
    a verse line having four metrical feet
    pentameter
    a verse line having five metrical feet
    hexameter
    a verse line having six metrical feet
    octameter
    a verse line having eight metrical feet
    octosyllable
    a verse line having eight syllables or a poem of octosyllabic lines
    decasyllable
    a verse line having ten syllables
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    text, textual matter
    the words of something written
  21. noun
    space for one line of print (one column wide and 1/14 inch deep) used to measure advertising
    synonyms: agate line
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    area unit, square measure
    a system of units used to measure areas
  22. noun
    a short personal letter
    “drop me a line when you get there”
    synonyms: billet, note, short letter
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    excuse
    a note explaining an absence
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    personal letter
    a letter dealing with personal affairs
  23. noun
    the descendants of one individual
    synonyms: ancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock
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    family, family line, folk, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, sept
    people descended from a common ancestor
    side
    a family line of descent
    people
    members of a family line
    homefolk
    the people of your home locality (especially your own family)
    house
    aristocratic family line
    dynasty
    a sequence of powerful leaders in the same family
    gens, name
    family based on male descent
    type of:
    family tree, genealogy
    successive generations of kin
  24. noun
    a fortified position (especially one marking the most forward position of troops)
    “they attacked the enemy's line
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    firing line
    the line from which soldiers deliver fire
    battlefront, front, front line
    the line along which opposing armies face each other
    line of battle
    a line formed by troops or ships prepared to deliver or receive an attack
    battle line
    the line along which warring troops meet
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    military position, position
    a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
  25. verb
    be in line with; form a line along
    “trees line the riverbank”
    synonyms: run along
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    rim
    run around the rim of
    beard
    go along the rim, like a beard around the chin
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    lie
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  26. noun
    a connected series of events or actions or developments
    “historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available”
    synonyms: course, trajectory
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    current, flow, stream
    dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas
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    series
    similar things placed in order or happening one after another
  27. noun
    a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning
    “I can't follow your line of reasoning”
    synonyms: argument, argumentation, line of reasoning, logical argument
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    line of inquiry, line of questioning
    an ordering of questions so as to develop a particular argument
    casuistry
    argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading
    policy
    a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a government
    clericalism
    a policy of supporting the influence and power of the clergy in secular or political matters
    plank
    an endorsed policy in the platform of a political party
    economic policy
    a government policy for maintaining economic growth and tax revenues
    social policy
    a policy of for dealing with social issues
    party line
    the policy of a political group
    foreign policy
    a policy governing international relations
    zero-tolerance policy
    any policy that allows no exception
    Zionism
    a policy for establishing and developing a national homeland for Jews in Palestine
    appeasement
    a policy of pacifying an enemy or potential enemy by making concessions
    austerity
    a policy of drastically reducing government spending
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    abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
    thinking that is coherent and logical
  28. noun
    persuasive but insincere talk that is usually intended to deceive or impress
    “`let me show you my etchings' is a rather worn line
    “he has a smooth line but I didn't fall for it”
    “that salesman must have practiced his fast line of talk”
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    persuasion, suasion
    the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
  29. noun
    acting in conformity
    “in line with”
    “he got out of line
    “toe the line
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    abidance, compliance, conformation, conformity
    acting according to certain accepted standards
  30. noun
    mechanical system in a factory whereby an article is conveyed through sites at which successive operations are performed on it
    synonyms: assembly line, production line
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    mechanical system
    a system of elements that interact on mechanical principles
  31. noun
    a commercial organization serving as a common carrier
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    airline, airline business, airway
    a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers
    railroad, railroad line, railway, railway line, railway system
    line that is the commercial organization responsible for operating a system of transportation for trains that pull passengers or freight
    steamship company, steamship line
    a line responsible for the operation of a fleet of steamships
    transit line
    a line providing public transit
    bus line
    an organization responsible for operating a bus transportation system
    cable railway, funicular, funicular railway
    a railway up the side of a mountain pulled by a moving cable and having counterbalancing ascending and descending cars
    cog railway, rack railway
    railway for steep mountains; a cogwheel on the locomotive engages cogs on a center rail to provide traction
    el, elevated, elevated railroad, elevated railway, overhead railway
    a railway that is powered by electricity and that runs on a track that is raised above the street level
    metro, subway, subway system, tube, underground
    an electric railway operating below the surface of the ground (usually in a city)
    monorail
    a railway having a single track
    rail
    short for railway
    scenic railway
    small railway in an amusement park
    trolley line
    a transit line using streetcars or trolley buses
    fleet
    a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership
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    carrier, common carrier
    a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages
  32. noun
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
    synonyms: business, job, line of work, occupation
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    confectionery
    the occupation and skills of a confectioner
    sport
    the occupation of athletes who compete for pay
    farming, land
    agriculture considered as an occupation or way of life
    biz, game
    your occupation or line of work
    calling, career, vocation
    the particular occupation for which you are trained
    employment, work
    the occupation for which you are paid
    appointment
    the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed
    berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot
    a job in an organization
    salt mine, treadmill
    a job involving drudgery and confinement
    craft, trade
    the skilled practice of a practical occupation
    profession
    an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
    medium, metier
    an occupation for which you are especially well suited
    accountancy, accounting
    the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business
    photography
    the occupation of taking and printing photographs or making movies
    catering
    providing food and services
    coaching, coaching job
    the job of a professional coach
    booking, engagement
    employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
    ministry
    the work of a minister of religion
    navigation, sailing, seafaring
    the work of a sailor
    professional boxing
    boxing for money
    professional wrestling
    wrestling for money
    sumo
    a Japanese form of wrestling; you lose if you are forced out of a small ring or if any part of your body (other than your feet) touches the ground
    professional golf
    playing golf for money
    professional football
    football played for pay
    professional baseball
    playing baseball for money
    professional basketball
    playing basketball for money
    professional tennis
    playing tennis for money
    work load, workload
    work that a person is expected to do in a specified time
    piecework
    work paid for according to the quantity produced
    specialisation, specialism, speciality, specialization, specialty
    the special line of work you have adopted as your career
    lifework
    the principal work of your career
    walk, walk of life
    careers in general
    service
    employment in or work for another
    telecommuting, teleworking
    employment at home while communicating with the workplace by phone or fax or modem
    services
    performance of duties or provision of space and equipment helpful to others
    public service
    employment within a government system (especially in the civil service)
    academicianship
    the position of member of an honorary academy
    accountantship
    the position of accountant
    admiralty
    the office of admiral
    ambassadorship
    the post of ambassador
    apostleship
    the position of apostle
    apprenticeship, internship
    the position of apprentice
    associateship
    the position of associate (as in an office or academy)
    attorneyship
    the position of attorney
    bailiffship
    the office of bailiff
    baronetage
    the state of a baronet
    bishopry, episcopate
    the office and dignity of a bishop
    cadetship
    the position of cadet
    caliphate
    the office of a caliph
    captaincy, captainship
    the post of captain
    cardinalship
    the office of cardinal
    chairmanship
    the position of chairman
    chancellorship
    the office of chancellor
    chaplaincy, chaplainship
    the position of chaplain
    chieftaincy, chieftainship
    the position of chieftain
    clerkship
    the job of clerk
    commandership, commandery
    the position or office of commander
    comptrollership
    the position of comptroller
    consulship
    the post of consul
    controllership
    the position of controller
    councillorship, councilorship
    the position of council member
    counsellorship, counselorship
    the position of counselor
    curacy
    the position of a curate
    curatorship
    the position of curator
    custodianship
    the position of custodian
    deanery, deanship
    the position or office of a dean
    directorship
    the position of a director of a business concern
    discipleship
    the position of disciple
    editorship
    the position of editor
    eldership
    the office of elder
    emirate
    the office of an emir
    fatherhood
    the status of a father
    fatherhood
    the status of a religious leader
    foremanship
    the position of foreman
    generalcy, generalship
    the office and authority of a general
    governorship
    the office of governor
    headship
    the position of head
    headship
    the position of headmaster or headmistress
    hot seat
    a difficult position where you are subjected to stress and criticism
    incumbency
    the office of an incumbent
    inspectorship
    the office of inspector
    instructorship
    the position of instructor
    internship
    the position of a medical intern
    judgeship, judicature
    the position of judge
    khanate
    the position of a khan
    lectureship
    the post of lecturer
    legateship, legation
    the post or office of legate
    legislatorship
    the office of legislator
    librarianship
    the position of librarian
    lieutenancy
    the position of a lieutenant
    magistracy, magistrature
    the position of magistrate
    managership
    the position of manager
    manhood
    the status of being a man
    marshalship
    the post of marshall
    mastership
    the position of master
    mayoralty
    the position of mayor
    messiahship
    the position of messiah
    moderatorship
    the position of moderator
    overlordship
    the position of overlord
    pastorate, pastorship
    the position of pastor
    peasanthood
    the state of being a peasant
    plum
    a highly desirable position or assignment
    praetorship
    the office of praetor
    precentorship
    the position of precentor
    preceptorship
    the position of preceptor
    prefecture
    the office of prefect
    prelacy, prelature
    the office or station of a prelate
    premiership
    the office of premier
    presidency, presidentship
    the office and function of president
    primateship
    the office of primate
    principalship
    the post of principal
    priorship
    the office of prior
    proconsulate, proconsulship
    the position of proconsul
    proctorship
    the position of proctor
    chair, professorship
    the position of professor
    protectorship
    the position of protector
    public office
    a position concerning the people as a whole
    rabbinate
    the office or function of a rabbi
    receivership
    the office of a receiver
    rectorate, rectorship
    the office or station of a rector
    regency
    the office of a regent
    residency
    the position of physician who is receiving special training in a hospital (usually after completing an internship)
    rulership
    the position of ruler
    sainthood
    the status and dignity of a saint
    secretaryship
    the position of secretary
    feudal lordship, seigneury, seigniory
    the position and authority of a feudal lord
    senatorship
    the office of senator
    sinecure
    an office that involves minimal duties
    solicitorship
    the position of solicitor
    speakership
    the position of Speaker
    stewardship
    the position of steward
    studentship
    the position of student
    teachership
    the position of teacher
    thaneship
    the position of thane
    throne
    the position and power of an exalted person (a sovereign or bishop) who is entitled to sit in a chair of state on ceremonial occasions
    treasurership
    the position of treasurer
    tribuneship
    the position of tribune
    trusteeship
    the position of trustee
    vice-presidency
    the office and function of a vice president
    viceroyship
    the position of viceroy
    viziership
    the position of vizier
    wardenship
    the position of warden
    wardership
    the position of warder
    womanhood
    the status of a woman
    business life, professional life
    a career in industrial or commercial or professional activities
    airplane mechanics
    the craft of building and repairing airplanes
    auto mechanics
    the craft of building and repairing automobiles
    basketry
    the craft of basket making
    carpentry, woodwork, woodworking
    the craft of a carpenter: making things out of wood
    drafting, mechanical drawing
    the craft of drawing blueprints
    dressmaking
    the craft of making dresses
    electrical work
    the craft of an electrician
    interior decoration, interior design
    the trade of planning the layout and furnishings of an architectural interior
    lumbering
    the trade of cutting or preparing or selling timber
    masonry
    the craft of a mason
    oculism
    the craft of an oculist
    house painting, painting
    the occupation of a house painter
    papermaking
    the craft of making paper
    pilotage, piloting
    the occupation of a pilot
    plumbery, plumbing
    the occupation of a plumber (installing and repairing pipes and fixtures for water or gas or sewage in a building)
    pottery
    the craft of making earthenware
    learned profession
    one of the three professions traditionally believed to require advanced learning and high principles
    literature
    the profession or art of a writer
    architecture
    the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect
    education
    the profession of teaching (especially at a school or college or university)
    journalism
    the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media
    politics
    the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
    pyrotechnics, pyrotechny
    the craft of making fireworks
    cobbling, shoe repairing, shoemaking
    the shoemaker's trade
    roofing
    the craft of a roofer
    sheet-metal work
    the craft of doing sheet metal work (as in ventilation systems)
    shingling
    the laying on of shingles
    tailoring
    the occupation of a tailor
    tool-and-die work
    the craft of making special tools and dies
    cost accounting
    keeping account of the costs of items in production
    bookkeeping, clerking
    the activity of recording business transactions
    inventory accounting
    accounting that controls and evaluates inventory
    handicraft
    a craft that requires skillful hands
    paper route
    the job of delivering newspapers regularly
    mintage
    act or process of minting coins
    tanning
    making leather from rawhide
    engineering, technology
    the practical application of science to commerce or industry
    typography
    the craft of composing type and printing from it
    undertaking
    the trade of a funeral director
    upholstery
    the craft of upholstering
    wine making, winemaking
    the craft and science of growing grapes and making wine
    type of:
    activity
    any specific behavior
  33. noun
    a particular kind of product or merchandise
    “a nice line of shoes”
    synonyms: business line, line of business, line of merchandise, line of products, product line
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    sideline
    an auxiliary line of merchandise
    type of:
    merchandise, product, ware
    commodities offered for sale
  34. verb
    reinforce with fabric
    “lined b ooks are more enduring”
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    reenforce, reinforce
    make stronger
  35. verb
    cover the interior of
    line the gloves”
    line a chimney”
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    reline
    provide with a new lining
    face
    line the edge (of a garment) with a different material
    crib
    line with beams or planks
    babbitt
    line with a Babbitt metal
    reface
    put a new facing on (a garment)
    type of:
    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  36. verb
    fill plentifully
    line one's pockets”
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    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
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