Translation of "line" - English-French dictionary


noun /lain/

(a piece of) thread, cord, rope etc

corde, ligne
She hung the washing on the line
a fishing-rod and line.

a long, narrow mark, streak or stripe

She drew straight lines across the page
a dotted/wavy line.

outline or shape especially relating to length or direction

The ship had very graceful lines
A dancer uses a mirror to improve his line.

a groove on the skin; a wrinkle

Deep lines were etched across his forehead.

a row or group of objects or persons arranged side by side or one behind the other

rang, rangée
The children stood in a line
a line of trees.

a short letter

I’ll drop him a line.

a series or group of persons which come one after the other especially in the same family

a line of kings.

a track or direction

tracé, direction
He pointed out the line of the new road
a new line of research.

the railway or a single track of the railway

Passengers must cross the line by the bridge only.

a continuous system (especially of pipes, electrical or telephone cables etc) connecting one place with another

pipeline; ligne
a line of communication
All (telephone) lines are engaged.

a row of written or printed words

The letter contained only three lines
a poem of sixteen lines.

a regular service of ships, aircraft etc

a shipping line.

a group or class (of goods for sale) or a field of activity, interest etc

gamme de produits; domaine
This has been a very popular new line
Computers are not really my line.

an arrangement of troops, especially when ready to fight

He was sent to fight on the front line.
lineage /ˈliniidʒ/ noun


lignage, lignée
a lady of noble lineage.
linear /ˈliniə/ adjective

of, consisting of or like a line or lines.

lined adjective

having lines

ligné; ridé
lined paper
a lined face.
liner noun

a ship or aircraft of a regular line or company

an ocean liner
They sailed to America in a large liner.
lines noun plural

the words an actor has to say

texte, rôle
He had difficulty remembering his lines.
linesman /ˈlainz-/ noun

in sport, a judge or umpire at a boundary line

juge de ligne
The linesman signalled that the ball had crossed the line.
hard lines!

bad luck!

pas de chance!
in line for

likely to get or to be given something

être sur les rangs (pour)
He is in line for promotion.
in/out of line with

in or out of agreement with

en perspective; qui manque de perspective
His views are out of line with those of his colleagues.
line up

to form a line

(s’)aligner, (se) mettre en rangs
The children lined up ready to leave the classroom
She lined up the chairs.

to collect and arrange in readiness

We’ve lined up several interesting guests to appear on the programme (noun line-up).
read between the lines

to understand something (from a piece of writing etc) which is not actually stated

lire entre les lignes
If you read between the lines of the statement, it implies that there will be job cuts.

(Translation of “line” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)