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  • IPA(key): /laɪnz/
  • (file)



  1. plural of line
  2. (film, theater) Words spoken by the actors.
    I have yet to learn my lines.
  3. (fortifications) Dispositions made to cover extended positions, and presenting a front in but one direction to an enemy.
  4. (shipbuilding) Form of a vessel as shown by the outlines of vertical, horizontal, and oblique sections.
  5. (education) A school punishment in which a student must repeatedly write out a line of text related to the offence (e.g. "I must be quiet in class") a specified number of times; the lines of text so written out.
    If you don't behave I'll give you lines
    I had to write out 200 lines
  6. (US) The reins with which a horse is guided by its driver.



  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of line

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for lines in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)