• WordNet 3.6
    • n liner (baseball) a hit that flies straight out from the batter "the batter hit a liner to the shortstop"
    • n liner a large commercial ship (especially one that carries passengers on a regular schedule)
    • n liner a piece of cloth that is used as the inside surface of a garment
    • n liner a protective covering that protects an inside surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns
    • Liner (Steam Engine) A lining2}.
    • Liner A lining; as, a removable coat liner .
    • Liner (Baseball) A ball which, when struck, flies through the air in a nearly straight line not far from the ground; also called line drive; as, he hit a sharp liner to right.
    • Liner A protective envelope for a phonograph record or other object.
    • Liner A slab on which small pieces of marble, tile, etc., are fastened for grinding.
    • Liner (Mach) A thin piece placed between two parts to hold or adjust them, fill a space, etc.; a shim.
    • Liner An airplane or ship belonging to a transportation company;
    • Liner One who lines, as, a liner of shoes or clothing.
    • Liner Same as eyeliner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, novelist Morgan Robertson published a novel called "Futility". The story was about an ocean liner that struck an iceberg on an April night. The name of the ship in his novel was The Titan.
    • n liner A person employed in drawing or painting lines, as in decorative art.
    • n liner A ship of the line; a man-of-war.
    • n liner A vessel regularly plying to and from certain ports; especially, a vessel belonging to one of the regular steamship lines: as, a Liverpool and New York liner.
    • n liner In base-ball, a ball knocked or thrown with much force nearly parallel to the ground: as, he struck a liner to second base.
    • n liner A ball, marble, or the like that strikes or remains on some certain line of demarcation used in a game.
    • n liner One who or that which lines. Specifically
    • n liner A vessel of smooth material fit for holding liquids, etc., fitting within an ornamental exterior and made movable for facility of emptying, cleansing, etc. Thus, in ornamental table-ware, a basket of metalwork or a jardinière of fine porcelain has a liner to contain fruit or earth for the plants.
    • n liner In machinery, a thin plate of metal, paper, leatheroid, etc., placed under some movable and adjustable part—a gib for example—to set up the part toward its bearing after it has been worn away as much as the thickness of the plate.
    • n liner In marble-working, a long slab of marble to which the backs of small marble tiles, etc., are secured by plaster while being polished.
    • n liner A fine-pointed red sable brush, with a metal ferrule and wooden handle.
    • n liner A vessel engaged in line-fishing at sea.
    • n liner One who writes items for the press, which are paid for by the line; a penny-a-liner.
    • n liner A picture hung ‘on the line,’ at an exhibition.
    • n liner In law, one whose legal domicile must be determined by some specific legislative or judicial act, by reason of the fact that his place of residence is situated upon a boundary line between different jurisdictions.
    • n liner In machinery:
    • n liner A cylinder or vessel placed inside another cylinder or vessel as a lining: frequently used in engines or pumps to protect the main cylinder from wear and injury and to facilitate making repairs.
    • n liner In iron ship-building, a piece of plate used to fill up a narrow space between a plate and a bar or in the seam of two plates so that they can be riveted solidly together in places where, owing to the arrangement of the parts, the adjoining surfaces cannot bo brought into close contact. A frame-liner is one whose width is that of the flange of the frame-bar, extending between the edges of adjacent sunken strakes of outside plating and filling the space between the frame-bar and the raised strake of outside plating. A wide liner or water-tight bulkhead-liner is one fitted in the space between the bounding-bar of a water-tight bulkhead and the raised strake of outside plating. It is much wider than the flange of the bar to compensate for the weakness in the outside plating due to the close spacing of rivets necessary for water-tightness. See cut. A taper liner is one having a wedge shape to fill up a triangular space.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Cunard liner SS Slavonia was the first ship to use an SOS distress call, on 10 June 1909. It was not the Titanic, as many people believe.
    • ns Liner a vessel belonging to a regular line or series of packets
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  • Camille Paglia
    “Jesus was a brilliant Jewish stand-up comedian, a phenomenal improviser. His parables are great one-liners.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. líne—L. linealinum, flax.


In literature:

You very seldom hear of an Atlantic liner being wrecked, you know.
"A Campfire Girl's Test of Friendship" by Jane L. Stewart
Was ever a more inappropriate name bestowed upon the steam whistle of an Atlantic liner?
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
It must be a pretty swell liner; he wouldn't be aboard anything else.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
It seemed that some months before he had been a purser on an East Indian liner.
"The Blot on the Kaiser's 'Scutcheon" by Newell Dwight Hillis
I was to have taken that liner to Moscow.
"The Worlds of If" by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
Nearly six hundred passengers and members of the sunken liner's crew had been saved.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
What is the inspiration of a penny-a-liner?
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Then he made a sweep for the next ball, sending it out in a red-hot liner toward Jack.
"The Rover Boys Under Canvas" by Arthur M. Winfield
But ten minutes later the stern appeared in view, as the liner backed toward them.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
On the same day two other destroyers of our group took from a sinking liner 503 passengers without the loss of a life.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly

In poetry:

The same old song that is always new
(Be it liner, longship or bark canoe),
The same to-day in a world grown old
As it was when they sailed for the fleece of gold:
"The Builders" by Cicely Fox Smith
And tramps, heavy laden, and liners untold
Will lease a new life to a nation grown old.
Merchandise! Merchandise! England was made
By her Men and her Ships and her OVERSEAS TRADE.
"Merchandise" by J Milton Hayes
He watch’d the liner’s stem ploughing the foam,
He felt her trembling speed and the thrash of her screw.
He heard the passengers’ voices talking of home,
He saw the flag she flew.
"He Fell Among Thieves" by Sir Henry Newbolt
And far below their heads will steer the careless crews,
And far above the liners come and go;
And fifty fathoms deep, in the mid-Atlantic ooze,
The deep-sea cable throbs with joy and woe.
"After The Storm" by Cicely Fox Smith
The Baltic barque that foundered in last month’s North Sea gales,
And last year's lost Cape Horner on her sails,
Black tramp and stately liner should lie there side by side
Ay, all should berth together upon that silent tide.
"Ghosts In Deptford" by Cicely Fox Smith
If she'd been a crack liner she'd 'ave gone down like stone,
An' why she didn't sink is a thing as can't be known;
Our arms was made o' lead, our backs was split with achin',
But we pumped 'er into port just before the day was breakin'!
"The Ballad Of The Resurrection Packet" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Alex Koch fields a soft liner for the Wapakoneta Redskins.
Back in 1912 it was just another poorly designed, overhyped ocean liner rusting away on the Atlantic seabed.
It's at about the same altitude that jet liners cruise.
At, gel liner (try MAC, $15.
SOS call for historic ocean liner docked in Philly.
The Romney strategy sees the campaign as an ocean liner … hard to turn, stop or steer.
The ocean liner will be sailing.
Not A Luxurious Ocean Liner .
Philly's "S. S. United States" Ocean Liner May End Up as Scrap Metal.
A dog lies on a small wall as the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia lies aground in front of Giglio Island on Jan 27.
Organyc Organic Cotton Tampons, Pads and Panty Liners.
The liner carrier CMA CGM said Friday it plans to increase the peak season surcharge on shipments from the Mediterranean to Latin America from Nov 1.
(2.4 mm) and an 86-lb white kraft liner.
Luxury Liner Picture Frame .
Outside of Euclid Records in the summer of 2011, I was reading the liner notes to "Middle of Everywhere," a new album at the time by Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three.

In science:

At a distance of 3.6 Mpc (Freedman et al. 1994), the Sab spiral M 81 is the closest galaxy showing the spectral signatures of a “low ionization nuclear emission-line region” (LINER).
Highly ionized Fe K emission lines from the LINER galaxy M 81
Stel lar population on tens of parsecs scales Using HST-STIS spectra, Storchi-Bergmann et al. (2005) have found absorption lines from O and B stars in the nuclear spectrum of the LINER/Seyfert 1 galaxy NGC 1097, within an aperture corresponding to a pro jected distance of only 9 pc at the galaxy.
Observational Overview of the Feeding of Active Galactic Nuclei
HST UV spectrum of the LINER nucleus of NGC 1097 as compared with (from to to bottom) the spectrum of the Seyfert 1 galaxy Akn 564, two starburst nuclei and the model of a 106 yr old starburst, showing the absorption features typical of young O and B stars (from Storchi-Bergmann et al. 2005).
Observational Overview of the Feeding of Active Galactic Nuclei
Notice that the nucleus of NGC 1097 is a LINER, with low activity, and this is probably the reason why we can see the inflows: because the outflows are weak or absent.
Observational Overview of the Feeding of Active Galactic Nuclei
Thus, in this LINER, we could observe both the inflows and outflows.
Observational Overview of the Feeding of Active Galactic Nuclei