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[leen; French leen-yuh] /lin; French ˈlin yə/

noun, plural lignes
[leenz; French leen-yuh] /linz; French ˈlin yə/ (Show IPA)
(in Swiss watchmaking) a unit equal to 0.0888 inch or 2.2558 millimeters, divided into 12 douziemes: used mainly to gauge the thickness of a movement.
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