Talk:line

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Work to do[edit]

line dancing
comments removed from main article and placed here:

  1. rfc note: needs (non-obsolete) defs from webster including & translations tidying
  2. does the transitive verb have lining
  3. this is the earliest sense: rope, cord, string
  4. Lots more info to be gleaned from Webster:
    • Right line a picture, as hung in an exhibition of pictures. Right line, a straight line; the shortest line that can be drawn between two points.

cleaned up this talk page; moved definitions where appropriate --Stranger 03:44, 25 September 2005 (UTC)

Senses still mising[edit]

I have overhauled this entry, ordering senses and sorting subsenses. I then compared our entry to the entry for "line" in the Random House and Merriam-Webster dictionaries (see my notes). They list numerous redundant senses we do not, but they also list these important senses which we lack:

  1. (RH, noun) "a small quantity of cocaine" (the sense is in fact broader than that, including other powder drugs)
  2. (RH & MW, verb) form a line along (example: "the road is lined with on-lookers" or "on-lookers lined the road")
  3. (MW, noun) plural: a certificate of marriage
  4. (MW, noun) measure of the size of font (type)
  5. (RH, noun and verb, second etymology) a layer of glue; to reinforce with glue

I also note that neither dictionary has our sense "impregnate". — Beobach 17:45, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

  • You've done a decent expansion here IMO. I merged two of the etymologies, and then added a third to cover the "impregnate" (actually "copulate with") sense, with citations. Ƿidsiþ 15:39, 5 January 2011 (UTC)
There's also the term when a man describes a woman's body "She had lines like a torpedo-boat." (from "Our Mr. Wrenn") or "Check out the lines on her!" Soapyroad 00:47, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

missing defn[edit]

We're missing a definition to match with "cross the line" e.g. in the quote "the boss made it clear early where the line was, and what the consequences would be of crossing it" --Girlnotboy 21:19, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

RFV: senses 'tapeline' and 'impregnate'[edit]

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I have overhauled our entry on line, grouping and checking the definitions. We lack a handful of senses, and we list a handful that other dictionaries don't, but most of those are familiar to me (e.g. the "number of shares taken by a jobber") or straightforward to cite (e.g. that "line" is used to mean "line segment"). However, I haven't found evidence of these two senses:

  1. Noun:
    1. A long tape, or a narrow ribbon of steel, etc., marked with subdivisions, as feet and inches, for measuring; a tapeline.
  2. Verb:
    1. (transitive, obsolete) To impregnate (applied to brute animals). — Creech.

The verb is dubious. The noun may (only) be hard to cite because line is a very common word, and it isn't clear to me what sense is supported by the uses of "steel line" (and similar) I find. — Beobach 18:26, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

Widsith provided two cites of the verb sense; I have provided a third. I have removed the noun sense as RFV-failed. - -sche (discuss) 21:48, 27 April 2011 (UTC)