• Sally hanging a sock on a line in the kitchen
    Sally hanging a sock on a line in the kitchen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lined bordered by a line of things "tree lined streets"
    • adj lined having a lining or a liner; often used in combination "a lined skirt","a silk-lined jacket"
    • adj lined (used especially of skin) marked by lines or seams "their lined faces were immeasurably sad","a seamed face"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures A symmetrical pattern, showing lines, beads and animal figures
The lining The lining
An Asbestos-lined Kiln Door of the Hinge Type An Asbestos-lined Kiln Door of the Hinge Type
Firing the Shot and Line Firing the Shot and Line
A three-line quotation from one of Shakspeare's plays A three-line quotation from one of Shakspeare's plays

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every three days a human stomach gets a new lining
    • lined Same as lineate.
    • lined Having a lining.
    • lined Impregnated. See line, verb, 4.
    • lined Supplied with money.
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  • Sammy Davis Jr.
    Sammy Davis Jr.
    “You name it and I've done it. I'd like to say I did it my way. But that line, I'm afraid, belongs to someone else.”
  • Monty Python
    Monty Python
    “I don't think there's a punch-line scheduled, is there?”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.”
  • P.T. Barnum
    P.T. Barnum
    “Every crowd has a silver lining.”
  • Colin Hay
    Colin Hay
    “There's a fine line between character building and soul destroying.”
  • Frank A. Clark
    “A man's conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn't do -- but it does not keep him from doing it.”


Bottom line - In accountancy, the bottom line is net income, and is used idiomatically to mean the conclusion.
Draw a line in the sand - If you draw a line in the sand, you establish a limit beyond which things will be unacceptable.
Draw the line - When you draw the line, you set out limits of what you find acceptable, beyond which you will not go.
Drop someone a line - If you drop someone a line, you send a letter to them.
Every cloud has a silver lining - People sometimes say that every cloud has a silver lining to comfort somebody who's having problems. They mean that it is always possible to get something positive out of a situation, no matter how unpleasant, difficult or even painful it might seem.
Hook, line, and sinker - If somebody accepts or believes something hook, line, and sinker, they accept it completely.
Lines of communication - Lines of communication are the routes used to communicate by people or groups who are in conflict; a government might open lines of communication with terrorists if it wished to negotiate with them.
On the line - If somebody's job is on the line, they stand a very good chance of losing it.
Ragged blue line - (USA) This term was used to signify the Union forces (who wore blue uniforms) in the American Civil war .
Read between the lines - If you read between the lines, you find the real message in what you're reading or hearing, a meaning that is not available from a literal interpretation of the words.
Spinning a line - When someone spins you a line, they are trying to deceive you by lying.
Throw someone a line - If someone throws you a line, they give you help when you are in serious difficulties.
Toe the line - If someone toes the line, they follow and respect the rules and regulations.
Walk a fine line - If you have to walk a fine line, you have to be very careful not to annoy or anger people or groups that are competing. ('Walk a thin line' is an alternative.)


In literature:

The whole situation became greatly simplified the moment the line reached Abu Hamid.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
My time was given to Intelligence in the line and to Salvage when out of the line.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
For each throw to the first line (the twelve or fifteen foot line) or any point between it and the next line, a team scores one point.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The line taken up extended along the line of the canal from Conde on the west, through Mons and Binche on the east.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
He brought his great following into line for an Eastern man, and Wilson was elected.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
Successive lines, upon arriving, halt on line with the first and the men take their proper places in the skirmish line.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Second line across raise hands up; third line across, and fourth line across.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
By its means the whole line is kept throbbing with intelligence.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
Convincing evidence as to the true nature of the solar lines was however at length, in the autumn of 1859, brought forward at Heidelburg.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
These are not all in the front line, but you see them in two lines.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin

In poetry:

I wrote my name upon the sand,
And trusted it would stand for aye;
But, soon, alas! the refluent sea
Had washed my feeble lines away.
"Carving A Name" by Horatio Alger Jr
With much ado you fail to tell
The requisites for writing well;
But, what bad writing is, you quite
Have proved by every line you write.
"A Critic" by Walter Savage Landor
Where are my lines then? my approaches? views?
Where are my window-songs?
Lovers are still pretending, and ev'n wrongs
Sharpen their Muse.
"Dulnesse" by George Herbert
But what should a boy placed in my situation
Know about lines laid across the big sea!
But, faith, this I know, and without navigation,
I'm at the wrong side of the line, anyway.
"Paddy's Letter, 1857" by Anonymous Oceania
Slow-moving and black lines creep over the whole earth—they never
cease—they are the burial lines,
He that was President was buried, and he that is now President shall
surely be buried.
"To Think Of Time" by Walt Whitman
"I will explain, if you'll permit,"
It said ; but in an angry fit
I banged the map and yelled; "Upon my word!
You've crossed and lined it back and forth,
But one straight line from south to north
Does not appear! Your system is absurd!
"The Insect" by C J Dennis

In news:

Rubbermaid has introduced a new line of glass food storage products to its Easy Find Lids line.
A long line snaked through Famous Joe's Pizza on County Line Road tonight.
HUNTERSVILLE – Norfolk Southern once again sent a letter to Red Line Task Force members stressing there's a problem with the proposed 25-mile passenger rail line planned from Charlotte to Mooresville.
You can be going along with all those ducks in a line - it may be a wobbly line, but it's a line just the same - and suddenly your brain decides to vacate the premises.
KU's offensive line runs through a tough workout with O-Line coach Tim Grunhard at the start of Wednesday's practice.
Expanded its Value-Mag magnetic-separation product line to include magnetic cartridges, plate magnets, grate magnets, liquid line traps, two-drawer grate-in-housing magnets and sight-glass magnets.
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According Atlas Van Lines, the number of household moves across state lines continues to rise.
But "sales on all the lines have been quite well," and "no vehicle line has struggled," said owner Duane Paddock .
The lines have been down since Saturday afternoon after lightening struck a phone line .
Brookhaven nurses on the picket line , from left on the front line, are Joanne Solch, Mary Lodato, Camille Basik, Ron Abrahall and Dan Bahr of NYSUT.
This success goes line in line with sales increase for both product categories.
Thousands were in line, but once the gates opened the lines moved fast.
Will finish installing its new 24-ounce can production line next month and will add 12 new positions to operate the line, the company said.
Maternal Line Program (MLP) data shows sows from some genetic lines will farrow nearly 50% more live pigs in their productive lifetime.
The year is barely two weeks old but already there are fresh signs that Wal-Mart will continue to cross traditional lines -- and redraw those lines -- as much as ever.

In science:

The implementation of acquire(Q) writes to base ob jects (Line 8), reads the shared bit color (Line 9)—one RAW, writes to a base ob ject (Line 10), reads the Labels (Line 11)—one RAW, writes to its own Label and finally performs a sequence of reads when evaluating the conditional in Line 13—one RAW.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
The lines represent least square fits of the ac (solid lines) and dc (dotted lines) susceptibilities based on the spin Hamiltonian (3) for collinear (δ = 0, red thin lines) and noncollinear (δ = 66◦ , blue thick lines) anisotropy axes. (b) Zero-field energy level structure of [Tb2 ] derived from these fits.
Molecular prototypes for spin-based CNOT quantum gates
Note that wσ (H, π) is defined in line 18 or line 31, just before (H, π) is added to Hσ in line 19 or line 33, respectively.
Coloring random graphs online without creating monochromatic subgraphs
Using (39b) and the second part of Lemma 20 this implies that wσ (H, π) is defined in line 31 with ˆı defined in line 28, and that wσ (J, π |J ) is defined either in line 18 or in line 31 with ˆı defined in line 30.
Coloring random graphs online without creating monochromatic subgraphs
However, it also contains an abundance of cool Fe viii, Ne v, O v and vi lines and therefore, when along the line-of-sight there is no emission from the Fe ix lines, the cooler lines will have a significant contribution.
Can coronal hole spicules reach coronal temperatures?