Meaning of LINE in English


1. a line on paper

2. a line of colour

3. a line on the ground or on the surface of something

4. a line on cloth where it has been folded or crushed

5. a line on someone’s face or skin

6. a line of things

7. a line of writing or numbers

8. a line that separates two areas or countries

9. to draw or mark a line on something

10. a line of people

11. to stand in a line of people

12. to arrange things or people in a line


1. a line on paper

▷ line /laɪn/ [countable noun]

a long, thin, continuous mark on a surface :

▪ The teacher had put a red line through the first sentence.

▪ Mike drew a line along the wall to show where the tiles would come up to.

straight line

▪ Use your ruler to draw a straight line.

lined [adjective]

paper that is lined has lines printed across it :

▪ a letter written on pale blue lined paper

▷ dotted line /ˌdɒtɪd ˈlaɪn, ˌdɒtəd ˈlaɪnǁˌdɑː-/ [countable noun]

a line made up of dots that is marked on paper, especially to show the place where someone must write their name :

▪ Sign on the dotted line, please.

▪ The dotted line on the map shows the path that goes from the church down to the river.

▪ Fold the paper along the dotted line.

2. a line of colour

▷ stripe /straɪp/ [countable noun]

a straight line of colour on cloth, paper etc, usually part of a pattern where the line is repeated many times :

▪ The American flag has red and white stripes.

▪ He was wearing a grey suit with narrow blue stripes.

▪ My horse had a big white stripe down the middle of his nose.

▷ striped also stripy British spoken /straɪpt, ˈstraɪpi/ [adjective]

something which is striped or stripy has a pattern on it which is made of many narrow coloured lines which are close together :

▪ He was wearing a navy blue suit and a striped shirt.

▪ stripey socks

red and black striped/pink and blue striped etc

▪ My aunt knitted me a blue and white striped sweater for Christmas.

▷ band /bænd/ [countable noun]

a thick coloured line :

▪ a black snake with orange bands around its back

band of

▪ There was a band of yellow in the rock.

▪ How many bands of colour are there in a rainbow?

▷ streak /striːk/ [countable noun]

a coloured line, especially one that is not straight or that has been made without any plan or pattern :

▪ Her hair was brown, with streaks of gold.

▪ Karen’s dress had a big streak of red wine down the front.

▪ ‘What have you been doing?’ asked his mother, pointing at the streaks of dried mud on his arms and legs.

3. a line on the ground or on the surface of something

▷ line /laɪn/ [countable noun]

▪ If the ball goes over this line, it’s out of play.

yellow line

a yellow line painted on the street which means that you cannot park there

▪ Monica got a fine yesterday for parking on a yellow line.

▷ rut /rʌt/ [countable noun]

a deep line made in a dirt track by the wheels of vehicles :

▪ The road to the farm had deep ruts in it.

▪ The carriage became stuck in a rut, and we all had to get out and push.

rutted [adjective]

having many deep ruts: :

▪ Gradually the road became more rutted and muddy.

▷ tracks /træks/ [plural noun]

lines on the ground that are left by the wheels of a vehicle :

▪ The police were busy examining the tyre tracks of the two vehicles which were involved in the accident.

▪ We followed the tracks down a lane and arrived at an abandoned farmhouse.

▷ groove /gruːv/ [countable noun]

a thin line that has been cut into a surface, for example on a record :

▪ The record player needle kept jumping out of the grooves.

▪ Then you cut a groove into the wood, so that the two pieces can be slotted together.

▷ furrow /ˈfʌrəʊǁˈfɜːr-/ [countable noun]

one of many long lines which have been dug in a field in order to plant crops :

▪ All around the furrows in the fields were filled with snow.

4. a line on cloth where it has been folded or crushed

▷ crease /kriːs/ [countable noun] especially British

a line on a piece of clothing or material where it has been folded or crushed :

▪ When I unpacked my suitcase, all my shirts had creases in them.

▷ wrinkle /ˈrɪŋk ə l/ [countable noun] especially American

a line in a piece of clothing that is caused when it has not been folded or hung properly, but instead has been left somewhere untidily :

▪ If you hang that dress over the bath, the steam will get the wrinkles out.

▪ It’s made from a special fabric that doesn’t leave any wrinkles after you wash it.

▷ wrinkled especially American /creased especially British /ˈrɪŋk ə ld, kriːst/ [adjective]

clothes that are wrinkled or creased have a lot of wrinkles or creases in them :

▪ Your tie’s creased, you’ll have to iron it.

▪ Chris, as usual, came in wearing old jeans and a wrinkled T-shirt.

5. a line on someone’s face or skin

▷ line /laɪn/ [countable noun]

▪ When she laughed, little lines formed at the corners of her eyes and mouth.

▪ The deep lines on his forehead showed that he was a worried man.

▷ wrinkle /ˈrɪŋk ə l/ [countable noun usually plural]

a deep line on someone’s face or skin, which is caused by growing old :

▪ Her face was old and covered in wrinkles.

▪ Delay the effects of ageing with a revolutionary new anti-wrinkle cream.

▷ wrinkled /ˈrɪŋk ə ld/ [adjective]

if someone’s face or skin is wrinkled, it has a lot of wrinkles on it :

▪ a small man with a balding head and a very wrinkled face

▪ Mrs Franz sat on the step, shelling peas with her wrinkled old hands.

▷ crease /kriːs/ [countable noun]

a deep line on someone’s face or skin, which lasts for a short time because they are smiling, bending part of their body etc :

▪ When he smiles, you can see the creases around his mouth and his eyes.

creased [adjective]

▪ The baby howled, its face creased and pink.

6. a line of things

▷ line /laɪn/ [countable noun]

several things that are standing next to each other or one behind the other :

in a line

▪ Maisie had arranged her teddy bears in a line on the bed.

line of

▪ In front of the house there is a line of tall trees.

▷ row /rəʊ/ [countable noun]

a line of things that have been deliberately put next to each other, especially one of several lines that are arranged one behind the other :

▪ The tiny cottages had been built in long rows.

▪ They put a row of chairs out for the visitors.

▪ Julie arranged her perfumes and creams in neat rows on the dressing table.

row upon row

many rows

▪ The back wall was covered with row upon row of files.

▷ bank /bæŋk/ [countable noun]

a line of computers, televisions, or other electrical equipment :

bank of

▪ Fans who couldn’t get into the stadium watched the match on banks of TV monitors outside.

▪ The scientists sit behind banks of computers, giving instructions to the crew of the spaceship.

▷ tier /tɪəʳ/ [countable noun]

one of many rows of seats in a theatre, concert hall etc, which are at different levels :

tier of

▪ We always sat in the top tier of seats.

▪ Mason occupied two spaces on a tier of seats normally reserved for the board of directors and important visitors.

7. a line of writing or numbers

▷ line /laɪn/ [countable noun]

a line of writing that goes across a page :

▪ Martin opened the letter and read the first few lines - it was bad news.

▪ Start reading at line 12.

line of

▪ a few lines of poetry

▷ column /ˈkɒləmǁˈkɑː-/ [countable noun]

a line of numbers written under each other, that goes down a page :

▪ Sales totals are shown in this column.

▪ Add up the numbers in the column on the right.

8. a line that separates two areas or countries

▷ border /ˈbɔːʳdəʳ/ [countable noun]

the official line that separates two countries, or the area close to this line :

▪ They escaped across the border into Thailand.

border with

▪ Iraq had put thousands of troops along its border with Kuwait.

border between

▪ The town lies on the border between Chile and Argentina.

the German/Mexican/Swiss etc border

▪ Strasbourg is very close to the German border.

cross the border

▪ As soon as we crossed the border we began to see signs of poverty.

on the border

▪ Jeumont is a small town on the French-Belgian border.

border town/area/region

▪ The army’s main task was to patrol the border regions.

border dispute

when two countries disagree about where the border should be

▪ The two presidents met for the first time to discuss their longstanding border dispute.

▷ boundary /ˈbaʊnd ə ri/ [countable noun]

the official line that marks the edge of an area of land, for example a farm or one of the parts of a country :

▪ More and more people are moving outside the city boundaries.

boundary between something and something

▪ The Mississippi River forms the boundary between Tennessee and Arkansas.

draw a boundary

(=decide where a boundary will be

▪ Politicians drew strangely shaped boundaries, in order to give themselves an advantage in the next election.

9. to draw or mark a line on something

▷ draw a line /ˌdrɔː ə ˈlaɪn/ [verb phrase]

▪ The teacher drew a line on the blackboard.

▪ Someone’s drawn a line through my name and written in theirs.

▷ underline /ˌʌndəʳˈlaɪn/ [transitive verb]

to draw a line under a word in order to make people notice it :

▪ Don’t forget to underline the title of the essay.

▪ All the mistakes had been underlined in red ink.

▷ rule /ruːl/ [transitive verb] formal

to draw a straight line using a ruler or other straight edge :

▪ He ruled three lines under the title of his essay.

▪ She divided the page into four by ruling two diagonal lines across it.

10. a line of people

▷ line /laɪn/ [countable noun]

a line of people who are standing behind each other or next to each other :

▪ The Queen is walking slowly along the lines of soldiers, occasionally stopping to ask a question.

in a line

forming a line

▪ The photographer asked us to stand in a line.

form a line

make a line

▪ The teacher got the children to form a line before they went into the hall.

▷ row /rəʊ/ [countable noun]

a line of people who have been arranged to stand or sit next to each other, especially when there are several lines of people arranged one behind another :

▪ Can you see me in the photo? I’m in the back row on the left.

in a row

▪ The hotel staff stood in a row to greet their important guests.

▷ queue British /line American /kjuː, laɪn/ [countable noun]

a number of people who are standing one behind another, waiting to do something :

▪ There was a queue of about fifteen people at the bus stop.

queue for

▪ The line for the movie went right around the block.

form a queue/line

make a queue/line

▪ The women who were waiting outside the toilets began to form a queue.

in the queue

part of the queue

▪ Excuse me, are you in the queue?

▷ in single file /ɪn ˌsɪŋg ə l ˈfaɪl/ [adverb]

if a group of people walk in single file, they walk one behind another in a line :

▪ The path was so narrow that we had to walk in single file.

▷ procession /prəˈseʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

a group of people or vehicles that move slowly along in a line, especially as part of a public ceremony :

▪ We were held up by a long funeral procession.

▪ The children were eager to take part in the carnival procession.

▷ parade /pəˈreɪd/ [countable noun]

an event in which a line of people such as musicians, dancers etc, or a line of decorated vehicles, go down the street while other people watch them in order to celebrate something :

▪ A lot of soldiers were missing from the Victory parade.

▪ When Johnson arrived home after the championships a big parade was held in his honour.

▷ column /ˈkɒləmǁˈkɑː-/ [countable noun]

a long moving line of people, especially soldiers :

▪ The column of French soldiers passed us on their way to the battlefront.

▪ Columns of men and women were making their way towards the central square.

11. to stand in a line of people

▷ stand/wait/be in line also stand/wait on line American /ˌstænd, ˌweɪt, biː ɪn ˈlaɪn, ˌstænd, ˌweɪt ɒn ˈlaɪn/ [verb phrase]

to stand in a line of people who are waiting to do something :

▪ Jerry joined the crowd of people who were waiting in line outside the stadium.

▪ Standing in line for hours at some government office was not exactly my idea of fun.

to do something

▪ Are you in line to get tickets?

▷ queue /kjuː/ [intransitive verb] British

to stand in a line of people who are waiting to do something :

▪ We had to queue for hours in the rain.

queue to do something

▪ One of the other passengers who was queueing to get on the train suddenly had a heart attack.

queue for

▪ Thousands queued for tickets to see the final.

▷ queue up British /line up American /ˌkjuː ˈʌp, ˌlaɪn ˈʌp/ [intransitive phrasal verb]

to form a line or join a line of people who are standing one behind another in order to wait to do something, for example buy a ticket :

▪ We queued up outside the stadium and had to wait over an hour for our tickets.

queue up to do something

▪ People began lining up to get into the movie theater.

queue up for

▪ We used to have to queue up for bread every morning.

▷ line /laɪn/ [transitive verb]

if many people line a street, they stand next to each other in lines along the sides of it, especially in order to see an important person or event :

▪ Hundreds of people lined the streets to see the football team go by.

▪ The route taken by the Queen was lined with crowds of people waving flags.

12. to arrange things or people in a line

▷ line up /ˌlaɪn ˈʌp/ [transitive phrasal verb]

line up somebody/something

▪ He lined up the plates on the table in front of them.

line somebody/something up

▪ They lined the prisoners up and shot them.

▪ The horses were being lined up for the start of the race.

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