• The linesman at the front
    The linesman at the front
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n linesman a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines
    • n linesman official (in tennis, soccer, football, etc.) who assists the referee in some way (especially by watching for out of bounds or offside)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n linesman Milit., a private in the line; an infantryman.
    • n linesman In Amer. foot-ball, one of the forwards; also, the man who has charge of the measurements of the distance gained and assists the umpire in various ways.
    • n linesman A workman engaged in the erection or maintenance of the line-wires of a telegraphic or telephonic system, or of electric circuits of any sort.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Linesman (mil.) a private in the line
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. líne—L. linealinum, flax.


In literature:

A young linesman was then brought in.
"Paris under the Commune" by John Leighton
Those days over, he enters the arena as Umpire, Referee or Linesman.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
It bore the fresh marks of a linesman's climbing irons.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
Chicago; Field Judge, Allen, Northwestern; Head Linesman, Yeckley, Penn.
"Practical English Composition: Book II." by Edwin L. Miller
The fullback falls across the line, the ball gripped in his convulsive hold, just as the linesman's whistle blows.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
The head linesman announced five minutes to play.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The linesman had excited his curiosity; it was strange the fellow knew about Langrigg.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Lashed to a ring-bolt was a little, red-breeched French linesman, apparently dead.
"A Gallant Grenadier" by F.S. Brereton
The ball is in play if it touches the referee or a linesman when in the field of play.
"Association Football" by John Cameron

In news:

View full size Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian Portland's Brad Ross gets escorted to the penalty box by WHL linesman Chris Sweeting during Game 3 of the Winterhawks Western Conference championship series against Tri-City.
When he's not coaching the Farmington High School hockey team, Mark Vellucci works as a referee and linesman at various levels of the game.
Series-clinching collectible was in hands of linesman then — now, who knows.
The Daily Telegraph reports that it was linesman Andrew McDougall who made an official assault complaint to Scotland Yard against David Nalbandian, who injured McDougall by kicking a wooden board into his leg during the Queen's Club final.
Linesman Hit By a Thrown Bottle.
Offensive linesman Barrett Jones was one of four Alabama players named to the AP All-America Team.
Linesman Nate Williams breaks a tussel up between the IceRays and the Bulls in the first period.
Dutch amateur matches canceled after linesman killing.
Dutch police have arrested four more suspects in their investigation into the attack on a volunteer linesman who died a day after players on a youth team assaulted him following a match.
Kansas State Wildcats offensive linesman BJ Finney (66) hugs quarterback Collin Klein after Klein scored a 22-yard touchdown against Texas Tech in Manhattan on Oct 27.
Kansas State Wildcats offensive linesman BJ Finney (left) has been doing a pretty good job of helping out quarterback Collin Klein (right) most of the seson.
Three teenagers have been charged over the death of the linesman Monday.
Dutch soccer canceled over linesman's death.
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan yells at head linesman Dana McKenzie (8) in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Linesman's neck cut in Canada junior hockey game .