Translation of "line" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /laɪn/ us /laɪn/

line noun (LONG MARK)

A2 [ C ] a long, thin mark on the surface of something

a straight line 直線
Sign your name on the dotted line. 請在虛線處簽名。
She was very old and her face was covered with lines. 她已非常年邁,臉上布滿了皺紋。
My legs felt all wobbly when I stood up and I couldn't walk in a straight line (= walk without moving to the side while moving forward). 我站起來時覺得腿直打顫,走起路來左右搖晃。

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  • Apply a fine line of highlighter along the middle of your top lip.
  • Draw a horizontal line across the bottom of the page.
  • Cut on or just inside the pencil line.
  • Draw a pair of parallel lines.
  • Join the points A and B together on the diagram with a straight line.

line noun (ROW)

C2 [ C ] a group of people or things arranged in a row

a line of trees 一行樹
The prisoners formed a line against the wall. 犯人靠牆站成了一排。

[ C ] US UK queue a group of people standing one behind the other who are waiting for something

Just get in line and wait your turn like everyone else. 和別人一樣排隊等著去。
I had to wait/stand in line for three hours to get tickets. 我排了三個小時的隊才買到票。
a long line of

a series of people or things that follow each other in time

She is the latest in a long line of controversial leaders. 她最近剛成為一系列頗具爭議的領導者之一。
He comes from a long line of doctors (= a lot of his relatives were doctors before him). 他出身醫生世家。

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  • A long line of traffic edged its way forward.
  • A ragged line of people were waiting at the bus stop.
  • There was a solid line of traffic in front of us.
  • We were asked to stand in two lines three metres apart.
  • She arranged all her teddies in a line on the carpet.

line noun (DIVISION)

C2 [ C ] a long, thin and sometimes imaginary mark that forms the edge, border, or limit of something

That ball was definitely in! It was nowhere near the line! 那個球絕對是界內!離邊線還遠著呢!
The police couldn't arrest him because he'd fled across the state line. 警方無法逮捕他,因為他已經逃過了國界。
For many television viewers the dividing line between fact and fiction is becoming increasingly blurred. 在許多電視觀衆看來,事實與虛構之間的界限已經越來越模糊了。

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  • The river serves as the line of demarcation between the two counties.
  • This path marks the dividing line between my land and my neighbour's.
  • The president said NATO expansion will finally erase the boundary line in Europe artificially created by the Cold War.
  • The ball rose in a high arc and fell behind the boundary line.
  • He thought the ball had bounced on the line, but the umpire said it was out.

line noun (PHONE)

B2 [ C ] a connection to a phone system

I'm afraid your line's been disconnected because your last bill hasn't been paid. 我估計你的電話線已經被切斷了,因為上次的帳單你還沒付呢。
If you want to air your opinions live on the radio, the lines will be open (= you can phone) from eight o'clock. 如果你想透過電台廣播發表自己的看法,可從八點起撥打電話。
I've got Chris Foster on the line for you. Do you want to take it now or call her back later? 克麗絲‧福斯特打電話找你。你想現在接電話還是過一會兒給她打回去?
formal Please hold the line (= wait). I'll see if she's available. 請等一下。我看她在不在。

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  • If you'll hold the line a moment I'll hand you over to someone who might be able to help.
  • She's on the phone at the moment - will you hold the line?
  • I've got John on the line for you.
  • His line's busy at the moment - will you call back later?
  • My mother came on the line to tell me to eat properly.

line noun (RAILWAY)

B1 [ C ] (the route followed by) a railway track

The train was delayed, apparently due to leaves on the line. 火車顯然因為鐵路線上的落葉而晚點了。
The Northern Line is the worst on the London Underground. 北線是倫敦地鐵最糟糕的線路。
Mainline services can be very quick, but travelling on the branch lines is much slower. 乘坐幹線火車速度很快,但支線就慢得多了。

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  • Due to wet leaves on the line, this train will arrive an hour late.
  • The rebels had dynamited the railway line .
  • The east coast railway line has been electrified.
  • Trains may be subject to delay on the Northern Line - we apologize for any inconvenience caused.
  • the main line between Belfast and Dublin


C2 [ C ] a way of dealing with or thinking about something or someone

The government's official line has always been to refuse to negotiate with terrorists. 政府的官方立場一貫是拒絕與恐怖分子談判。
The courts should take a tougher line with (= punish more severely) sex offenders. 法庭應對性犯罪者實施更加嚴厲的懲罰。
Several Labour MPs disagree with their party's line on taxation. 幾名工黨議員對該黨的稅收政策持不同意見。
What sort of line (= method of arguing) do you think we should take in the pay negotiations? 你認為我們在工資談判中應採取哪種策略?
The police are confident that this new line of inquiry will lead them to the murderer. 警方相信採用這種新的調查方法一定會找出兇手。
It seems inevitable that the country will be divided along ethnic lines. 那個國家似乎無法避免民族分裂的命運。

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  • Her speech deviated little from the official party line.
  • The government can't be seen to be taking a soft line with criminals.
  • Ministers who wouldn't toe the party line were swiftly got rid of.
  • The government is continuing to take a tough line on terrorism.
  • The new head teacher takes a tough line on bullying.

line noun (MILITARY)

C2 [ C ] a row of positions used to defend against enemy attack, especially the ones closest to enemy positions

They were taken prisoner while on a reconnaissance mission behind enemy lines. 他們是在敵後執行偵察任務時被俘的。
figurative In a game of football, the goalkeeper is the last line of defence. 在足球比賽中,守門員是最後一道防線。

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  • Journalists had insisted on getting to the front line of the battle, heedless of the risks.
  • The troops took up their battle positions at the front line.
  • We managed to break through enemy lines.
  • There was panic on the enemy lines.
  • We simply had to wait in our lines.

line noun (SHAPE)

[ C ] the shape of something that has been designed or created

They have a reputation for designing cars with elegant aerodynamic lines. 他們以設計優雅的流線型汽車而享有盛譽。

line noun (SUPPORT)

[ C ] a long, strong, thin piece of material, such as string, rope, or wire, used to support something

I'd hung the washing out on the clothes line. 我會把洗好的衣物晾在晾衣繩上。
Can you feel the fish tugging on the line? 你能感覺到魚在釣線上掙紮嗎?

line noun (COMPANY)

[ C ] a company that transports people or goods

a shipping line 海運公司

line noun (REMARK)

[ C ] a remark that is intended to entertain, persuade, or deceive

a speech full of memorable lines 令人難忘的講話
He keeps giving me that line about not being able to do any work because his computer is down. 他不停地跟我說因為電腦有問題他沒法工作了。
Who was it who came up with that famous line about "lies, damned lies and statistics?" 「謊言,可惡的謊言和資料」這句名言是誰說的?

line noun (WORDS)

B1 [ C ] a row of words that form part of a text

We could get more lines on the page if we reduced the type size. 如果把字型大小調小一點,我們就可以在這一頁上多加幾行字。
The computer screen displays 80 characters per line. 電腦螢幕每行可顯示80個字元。

[ C usually plural ] the words that an actor speaks when performing in a film, play, etc.

I only had two lines in the whole play. 在整齣戲中我只有兩句台詞。
She hasn't learned her lines yet, and we've got our first rehearsal tomorrow. 我們明天就要進行首次排練了,可她連台詞還沒記熟呢。
I'm terrified of forgetting my lines. 我特別害怕忘詞。
lines [ plural ] UK

a punishment for school students in which a sentence has to be written repeatedly

She got 200 lines for swearing at her teacher. 她因辱駡老師被罰抄寫200遍。

line noun (MUSIC)

[ C ] a short series of musical notes


line noun (JOB)

[ C usually singular ] the type of job someone does

"What line of work are you in?" "I'm a teacher." 「你是做哪一行的?」「我是老師。」
You meet some very interesting people in my line of business. 做我這行可以遇到一些非常有趣的人。

line noun (GOODS)

C1 [ C ] a range of similar things that are for sale

There are discounts on many items from our older lines. 我們這裡的很多舊貨都打折。
I was shown all their new lines. 他們給我看了他們所有的新貨。

lineverb [ T ]

uk /laɪn/ us /laɪn/

line verb [ T ] (FORM ROW)

C2 to form a row along the side of something

Thousands of people lined the streets to watch the presidential procession pass by. 數千人站在街道兩旁觀看總統車隊通過。
Police lined the route of the demonstration. 員警站在遊行路線的兩側。
country lanes lined with trees 鄉村林蔭路

line verb [ T ] (COVER)

to cover the inside surface of something

I lined the drawers with old wallpaper. 我用舊牆紙墊抽屜。
How much would it cost to have this jacket lined? 給這件外套做個內襯需要多少錢?
Full-length mirrors lined each wall of the bathroom. 洗手間的每一面牆上都掛著全身鏡。

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(Translation of “line” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)