See also: blue line and Blue Line





blue +‎ line



blueline (plural bluelines)

  1. A reproduction of the material submitted for printing, computer-generated or printed from film, provided to the customer for approval before the material is printed.



blueline (third-person singular simple present bluelines, present participle bluelining, simple past and past participle bluelined)

  1. To create the bluelines for material that is about to be printed.
    • 1934, Photogrammetric Engineering - Volumes 1-3, page 14:
      It was decided to make the color separation in the plotting, in order to eliminate bluelining and redrafting.
    • 1986, Proceedings, 1st Biennial Canadian Hydrographic Conference 16, 17, & 18 April 1985:
      The data on these documents are qualified, reduced to chart scale and mosaicked together on the chart base. Next the mosaic is bluelined onto scribe coat and a manual selection of the data is made.
    • 1996, Larry Bielawski, From Paper to Online Publishing, page 15:
      For example, with online publishing, many intermediary steps that are often used in the paper-based document production process are eliminated, such as paste-up, bluelining, and so on.
  2. To check the bluelines before printing material.
    • 1990, Mary Ellen Freeman, Ted Smith, Poets And Pals Of Picardy, page xi:
      Although claiming editorship, my involvement amounted to occasional 'bluelining', a deal of 'cutting-to-fit' and the general work required in designing and laying-out a book.
  3. To veto a portion of a budget.
    • 1962, California. Legislature. Assembly. Interim Committee on Water, Subcommittee Reports and Reports on Referred Bills:
      In 1961 the Governor bluelined the funds.
    • 1978, Pennsylvania Conference on Post-secondary Occupational Education, The ... Annual Pennsylvania Conference on Post-secondary Occupational Eduction, Volume 9:
      lf our attitude is that, our program is going to be eliminated by someone who bluelines a budget.
    • 1983, Grange Advocate Aggressive for Rural Pa - Volume 122:
      Since the Pennsylvania Constitution requires a balanced budget, this necessitated the Governor's bluelining, or vetoeing out, $1.2 billion from the budget.
    • 1986, Earl W. Brian, Governor Reagan's cabinet and agency administration: interviews:
      I sat down with the Governor we bluelined the budget down to a billion three and sent it back.
  4. To edit a legal document.
    • 2007, Australia. Parliament. Senate, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard).: Senate, page 21:
      It seems sensible under a range of circumstances to have that power to be able to blueline them— or redline them, as the case may be— so that they are removed from the register.
    • 2008, Benjamin Tyson Duranske, Virtual Law: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Virtual Worlds:
      California law allows a court to "blueline" an arbitration agreement to remove an element that renders it substantively unconscionable.
  5. (surgery) To mark on a patient's body where the surgical incision is to be made.
    • 1988, Transactions of the American Otological Society - Volume 76, page 95:
      Bone removal was continued in order to "blueline" the vestibule and then extended superiorly over the vestibule until Bill's bar was exposed.
    • 1998, Michel Portmann, Didier Portmann, Otologic Surgery: Manual of Oto-surgical Techniques, page 208:
      After bluelining, the bony endostium is opened with a 90°-degree microhook; care must be taken to avoid suction of the perilymph; the membranous canal comes into view
    • 2001, Newton J. Coker, Herman A. Jenkins, Atlas of Otologic Surgery, page 456:
      The lateral canal is first bluelined, then opened with a cutting burr.
    • 2012, Fred F. Telischi, Jacques Morcos, Vestibular Schwannoma:
      Although this technique avoids the retrograde dissection of the facial nerve through the geniculate ganglion and labyrinthine segment, the obvious disadvantage of bluelining is that it carries a risk of fenestrating the superior semicircular canal.
  6. (US, Canada) To designate a certain area as representing one in which investment is risky.
    • 1979, Wade Clark Roof, Race and residence in American cities, page 130:
      Not unlike the negative results of the bluelining and steering practices of many banks and real estate firms, such efforts leave bitterness in their wake and serve to bolster the worst fears and prejudices of both races.


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