1 mark, pencil-mark, pen-mark, rule, score; stroke, underline, underscore; diagonal, slash, virgule, shilling-mark, solidus, separatrix, oblique:
The lines on this paper are very faint. Draw a red line under your name. A line separates the numerator from the denominator
2 strip, belt, stripe, band, border, edge, edging:
Do you see that line of trees? Put a heavy black line round the obituary notices
3 wrinkle, crease, crinkle, furrow, crow's-foot:
He has many lines on his face. The palmist said I have a long lifeline
4 border, borderline, frontier, limit, boundary; demarcation, threshold:
We crossed the line into Italy. I don't mind cooking dinner, but I draw the line at washing the dishes. There is a fine line between genius and insanity
5 outline, silhouette, contour, figure, profile:
The line of the skirt is too straight.
6 row, rank, column, file, train, parade, cortege or cortège, procession, Brit queue, Colloq Brit crocodile, tailback:
I stood in line for six hours for tickets. The line wound all the way round the block.
7 field, area, activity, forte, speciality or Chiefly US and Canadian also specialty, specialization, business, profession, occupation, (line of) work, job, vocation, pursuit, trade, calling, employment, Colloq racket, game:
Saying that he was a computer programmer, he asked me my line.
8 note, word, card, postcard, letter, US postal card:
Drop me a line when you get there.
9 course, direction, path, way, route, road, track, procedure, tack, policy, strategy, tactic(s), approach, plan:
What line will our competitors take to win the account? I adopted the line of least resistance
10 information, data, word, lead, clue, hint:
Interpol is trying to get a line on where he might be found.
11 cord, string, thread, twine, yarn, strand, filament, rope, cable, hawser:
The anchor line became entangled. Hang the clothes out on the line
12 track, railway or US and Canadian also railroad:
The accident on the southern line is delaying all the trains.
13 telephone, wire, cable:
We have three lines at the office. He tried all day to get you on the line
14 front (line), vanguard, formation:
These men have been in the line for weeks. Captain Hughes was given command of a ship of the line
15 ancestry, descent, stock, lineage, succession, family, parentage, extraction, heritage, genealogy:
She comes from a long line of horsewomen.
16 assortment, stock, merchandise, offerings, goods, brand, make, type, kind, variety:
What line of lawnmower do you distribute?
17 Often, lines. part, role, speech, script, words, Theatre US sides:
I know my lines by heart for the school play. She has one line in the third act
18 story, (sales) pitch, blarney, Colloq spiel, song and dance, Slang con:
He handed her a line about being lonely, but she soon found out why
19 in or into line.
(a) aligned, in alignment, true, straight, in a row, plumb:
Bring the balusters for the railing in line.
(b) in agreement, in accord, in accordance, in conformity, in step, in harmony, US lined up:
We are bringing the staffing requirements into line with the council's recommendations.
(c) Usually, into line. under or in control:
Were you able to bring the other board members into line?
20 in line for. ready for, short-listed for, on the short list for, up for, being considered for, under consideration for, a candidate for, in the running for:
We all think she's in line for a promotion.
21 rule, inscribe, score, underline, underscore:
If you use lined paper, your writing wouldn't be so wavy.
22 edge, border, fringe:
Millions lined the streets for the parade.
23 line up.
(a) organize, prepare, ready, assemble, set up, put or set in place, develop, formulate, arrange (for), coordinate:
Everything is all lined up for the big event.
(b) arrange for, secure, get (hold of), obtain, contract for; uncover, dig up, acquire, engage, hire, sign (up), contract with, hire, employ:
We lined up an excellent after-dinner speaker.
(c) queue (up), form a line, get in line, form ranks or columns:
Hundreds of us lined up for meals three times a day.
(d) align, array, straighten, order:
These paragraphs should line up. Line up the troops for inspection at 0600.
1 interline, cover, face; ceil:
The coat is lined with fur.
2 line one's pockets. accept bribes, graft, US sell out, Colloq US be on the take:
He was secretly lining his pockets during his years on the council.