verb (used with object), lined, lining.
to cover the inner side or surface of:
to line the coat with blue silk.
to serve to cover:
Velvet draperies lined the walls of the room.
to furnish or fill:
to line shelves with provisions.
to reinforce the back of a book with glued fabric, paper, vellum, etc.
a thickness of glue, as between two veneers in a sheet of plywood.
line one’s pockets, to make much money, especially in an illegal or questionable way.
a shaped piece of fabric attached inside or outside a garment and forming a pouch used especially for carrying small articles.
a bag or pouch.
means; financial resources:
a selection of gifts to fit every pocket.
any pouchlike receptacle, compartment, hollow, or cavity.
an envelope, receptacle, etc., usually of heavy paper and open at one end, used for storing or preserving photographs, stamps, phonograph records, etc.:
Each album has 12 pockets.
a recess, as in a wall, for receiving a sliding door, sash weights, etc.
any isolated group, area, element, etc., contrasted, as in status or condition, with a surrounding element or group:
pockets of resistance; a pocket of poverty in the central city.
Billiards, Pool. any of the pouches or bags at the corners and sides of the table.
a position in which a competitor in a race is so hemmed in by others that his or her progress is impeded.
Football. the area from which a quarterback throws a pass, usually a short distance behind the line of scrimmage and protected by a wall of blockers.
Bowling. the space between the headpin and the pin next behind to the left or right, taken as the target for a strike.
Baseball. the deepest part of a mitt or glove, roughly in the area around the center of the palm, where most balls are caught.
Nautical. a holder consisting of a strip of sailcloth sewed to a sail, and containing a thin wooden batten that stiffens the leech of the sail.
Anatomy. any saclike cavity in the body:
a pus pocket.
an English unit of weight for hops equivalent to 168 pounds (76.4 kg).
small enough or suitable for carrying in the pocket:
a pocket watch.
relatively small; smaller than usual:
a pocket war; a pocket country.
verb (used with object)
to put into one’s pocket:
to pocket one’s keys.
to take possession of as one’s own, often dishonestly:
to pocket public funds.
to submit to or endure without protest or open resentment:
to pocket an insult.
to conceal or suppress:
to pocket one’s pride.
to enclose or confine in or as if in a pocket:
The town was pocketed in a small valley.
Billiards, Pool. to drive (a ball) into a pocket.
to hem in (a contestant) so as to impede progress, as in racing.
in one’s pocket, in one’s possession; under one’s influence:
He has the audience in his pocket.
line one’s pockets, to profit, especially at the expense of others:
While millions were fighting and dying, the profiteers were lining their pockets.
out of pocket, having suffered a financial loss; poorer:
He had made unwise land purchases, and found himself several thousand dollars out of pocket.
a narrow continuous mark, as one made by a pencil, pen, or brush across a surface
such a mark cut into or raised from a surface
a thin indented mark or wrinkle
a straight or curved continuous trace having no breadth that is produced by a moving point
a border or boundary: the county line
a specified point of change or limit: the dividing line between sanity and madness
anything long, flexible, and thin, such as a wire or string: a washing line, a fishing line
a telephone connection: a direct line to New York
a system of travel or transportation, esp over agreed routes: a shipping line
a company operating such a system
a route between two points on a railway
(NZ) a roadway usually in a rural area
a course or direction of movement or advance: the line of flight of a bullet
a course or method of action, behaviour, etc: take a new line with him
a policy or prescribed course of action or way of thinking (often in the phrases bring or come into line)
a field of study, interest, occupation, trade, or profession: this book is in your line
alignment; true (esp in the phrases in line, out of line)
one kind of product or article: a nice line in hats
(NZ) a collection of bales of wool all of the one type
a row of persons or things: a line of cakes on the conveyor belt
a chronological or ancestral series, esp of people: a line of prime ministers
a row of words printed or written across a page or column
a unit of verse consisting of the number of feet appropriate to the metre being used and written or printed with the words in a single row
a short letter; note: just a line to say thank you
a piece of useful information or hint about something: give me a line on his work
one of a number of narrow horizontal bands forming a television picture
(physics) a narrow band in an electromagnetic spectrum, resulting from a transition in an atom, ion, or molecule of a gas or plasma
a unit of magnetic flux equal to 1 maxwell
a defensive or fortified position, esp one that marks the most forward position in war or a national boundary: the front line
line ahead, line abreast, a formation adopted by a naval unit for manoeuvring
a formation adopted by a body or a number of military units when drawn up abreast
the combatant forces of certain armies and navies, excluding supporting arms
(fencing) one of four divisions of the target on a fencer’s body, considered as areas to which specific attacks are made
the scent left by a fox
the amount of insurance written by an underwriter for a particular risk
(US & Canadian) a line of people, vehicles, etc, waiting for something Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) queue
(slang) a portion of a powdered drug for snorting
(slang) something said for effect, esp to solicit for money, sex, etc: he gave me his usual line
above the line
below the line
all along the line
(Irish & Austral, informal) do a line, to associate (with a person of the opposite sex) regularly; go out (with): he is doing a line with her
draw the line, to reasonably object (to) or set a limit (on): her father draws the line at her coming in after midnight
(informal) get a line on, to obtain information about
hold the line
in line for, in the running for; a candidate for: he’s in line for a directorship
in line with, conforming to
in the line of duty, as a necessary and usually undesired part of the performance of one’s responsibilities
lay on the line, put on the line
(informal) shoot a line, to try to create a false image, as by boasting or exaggerating
step out of line, to fail to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
toe the line, to conform to expected standards, attitudes, etc
(transitive) to mark with a line or lines
(transitive) to draw or represent with a line or lines
(transitive) to be or put as a border to: tulips lined the lawns
to place in or form a row, series, or alignment
to attach an inside covering to (a garment, curtain, etc), as for protection, to hide the seaming, or so that it should hang well
to cover or fit the inside of: to line the walls with books
to fill plentifully: a purse lined with money
to reinforce the back of (a book) with fabric, paper, etc
a small bag or pouch in a garment for carrying small articles, money, etc
any bag or pouch or anything resembling this
a small enclosed or isolated area: a pocket of resistance
(billiards, snooker) any of the six holes with pouches or nets let into the corners and sides of a billiard table
a position in a race in which a competitor is hemmed in
(Australian rules football) a player in one of two side positions at the ends of the ground: back pocket, forward pocket
(South African) a bag or sack of vegetables or fruit
in one’s pocket, under one’s control
in pocket, having made a profit, as after a transaction
(rugby) in the pocket, (of a fly half) in an attacking position slightly further back from play than normal, making himself available for a drop goal attempt
out of pocket, having made a loss, as after a transaction
line one’s pockets, to make money, esp by dishonesty when in a position of trust
(modifier) suitable for fitting in a pocket; small: a pocket edition
(modifier) (poker, slang) denoting a pair formed from the two private cards dealt to a player in a game of Texas hold ’em: pocket queens
verb (transitive) -ets, -eting, -eted
to put into one’s pocket
to take surreptitiously or unlawfully; steal
(usually passive) to enclose or confine in or as if in a pocket
to receive (an insult, injury, etc) without retaliating
to conceal or keep back (feelings): he pocketed his pride and accepted help
(billiards, snooker) to drive (a ball) into a pocket
(US) (esp of the President) to retain (a bill) without acting on it in order to prevent it from becoming law See also pocket veto
to hem in (an opponent), as in racing
mid-14c., pokete, “bag, pouch, small sack,” from Anglo-French pokete (13c.), diminutive of Old North French poque “bag” (Old French pouche), from a Germanic source akin to Frankish *pokka “bag,” from Proto-Germanic *puk- (see poke (n.)).
Meaning “small bag worn on the person, especially one sewn into a garment” is from early 15c. Sense in billiards is from 1754. Mining sense is attested from 1850; military sense of “area held by troops surrounded by the enemy” is from 1918; the general sense of “small area different than its surroundings” (1926) apparently was extended from the military use. Figuratively, “one’s money” (conceived as being kept in a pocket) is from 1717. Pope Pokett (late 15c.) was figurative of the greedy and corrupt Church.
1580s, “to place in a pocket” (often with implications of dishonesty), from pocket (n.). From the earliest use often figurative. Meaning “to form pockets” is from c.1600. Related: Pocketed; pocketing.
1610s, “of or pertaining to or meant for a pocket,” from pocket (n.). Pocket-knife is first recorded 1727; pocket-money is attested from 1630s. Often merely implying a small-sized version of something, e.g. of warships, from 1930, and cf. Pocket Venus “beautiful, small woman,” attested from 1808. Pocket veto attested from 1842, American English.
The “pocket veto” can operate only in the case of bills sent to the President within ten days of Congressional adjournment. If he retain such a bill (figuratively, in his pocket) neither giving it his sanction by signing it, nor withholding his sanction in returning it to Congress, the bill is defeated. The President is not bound to give reasons for defeating a bill by a pocket veto which he has not had at least ten days to consider. In a regular veto he is bound to give such reasons. [James Albert Woodburn, “The American Republic and its Government,” Putnam’s, 1903]
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.
“to cover the inner side of,” late 14c., from Old English lin “linen cloth” (see linen). Linen was frequently used in the Middle Ages as a second layer of material on the inner side of a garment. Related: Lined; lining.
late 14c., “to tie with a cord,” from line (n.). Meaning “to mark or mark off with lines” is from mid-15c. Sense of “to arrange in a line” is from 1640s; that of “to join a line” is by 1773. To line up “form a line” is attested by 1889, in U.S. football.
pocket pock·et (pŏk’ĭt)
v. pock·et·ed, pock·et·ing, pock·ets
A geometric figure formed by a point moving in a fixed direction and in the reverse direction. The intersection of two planes is a line. ◇ The part of a line that lies between two points on the line is called a line segment.
A set of points that have one dimension — length — but no width or height. (See coordinates.)
deep pocket, in someone’s pocket, in the pocket, out of pocket
someone’s ass is on the line, the bottom line, chow line, hard line, hot line, in line, in line for, lay it on the line, main line, on line, on the line, out of line, punch line, put one’s ass on the line, redline, shoot someone a line, stag line, toe the mark
noun, Computers. 1. a printer that produces an entire line of output at a time. noun 1. an electromechanical device that prints a line of characters at a time rather than a character at a time, at speeds from about 200 to 3000 lines per minute: used in printing and in computer systems
- Line probing
A feature of some V.34 modems that will allow them to identify the capacity and quality of the phone line and adjust themselves to allow, for each individual connection, for maximum throughput using the highest possible data transmission rate. (1994-06-09)
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