EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LINE

How restful this quiet and reserve after the colour and line tumult of the Higbee apartment.

Garmer tried to steer me off this line of stocks the other night.

All else is but the setting, and the eye sweeps with indifference the line of unpeopled rocks.

We did not get on it till we had travelled along the line about fifteen miles.

His voice was thin, but it kept that line of hands high above their heads.

Just now our section of the line is quiet, so I often go and sit there.

Once there was a waver in the line, such as precedes a rush.

In line with this, a simulation of the military is a favorite device.

Shakespeare copies it word for word, only omitting with admirable art the first line.

And what the "future hope" was, he told us in the very first line of "Love's Labour's Lost."

WORD ORIGIN

a Middle English merger of Old English line "cable, rope; series, row, row of letters; rule, direction," and Old French ligne "guideline, cord, string; lineage, descent;" both from Latin linea "linen thread, string, line," from phrase linea restis "linen cord," from fem. of lineus (adj.) "of linen," from linum "linen" (see linen).

Oldest sense is "rope, cord, string;" extended late 14c. to "a thread-like mark" (from sense "cord used by builders for making things level," mid-14c.), also "track, course, direction." Sense of "things or people arranged in a straight line" is from 1550s. That of "cord bearing hooks used in fishing" is from c.1300. Meaning "one's occupation, branch of business" is from 1630s, probably from misunderstood KJV translation of 2 Cor. x:16, "And not to boast in another mans line of things made ready to our hand," where line translates Greek kanon, literally "measuring rod." Meaning "class of goods in stock" is from 1834. Meaning "telegraph wire" is from 1847 (later "telephone wire").

Meaning "policy or set of policies of a political faction" is 1892, American English, from notion of a procession of followers; this is the sense in party line. In British army, the Line (1802) is the regular, numbered troops, as distinguished from guards and auxiliaries. In the Navy (1704, e.g. ship of the line) it refers to the battle line. Lines "words of an actor's part" is from 1882. Lines of communication were originally transverse trenches in siegeworks.

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