above the line

a·bove the line
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-buhv stressed th ee lahyn]
    • /əˈbʌv stressed ði laɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-buhv stressed th ee lahyn]
    • /əˈbʌv stressed ði laɪn/

Definitions of above the line words

  • noun above the line a mark or stroke long in proportion to its breadth, made with a pen, pencil, tool, etc., on a surface: a line down the middle of the page. 1
  • noun above the line Mathematics. a continuous extent of length, straight or curved, without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point. 1
  • noun above the line something arranged along a line, especially a straight line; a row or series: a line of trees. 1
  • noun above the line a number of persons standing one behind the other and waiting their turns at or for something; queue. 1
  • noun above the line something resembling a traced line, as a band of color, a seam, or a furrow: lines of stratification in rock. 1
  • noun above the line a furrow or wrinkle on the face, neck, etc.: lines around the eyes. 1

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Origin of above the line

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English li(g)ne cord, rope, stroke, series, guiding rule, partly < Old French ligne ≪ Latin līnea, noun use of feminine of līneus flaxen (orig. applied to string), equivalent to līn(um) flax (see line2) + -eus -eous, partly continuing Old English līne string, row, series < Latin, as above

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above the line popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 1% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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