Definition of dotted line in English:

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dotted line


1A line made up of dots or dashes (often used in reference to the space left for a signature on a contract): Adam signed on the dotted line with a flourish
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  • The addition of information on relatives for genetic evaluation is depicted by dotted lines, while dashed lines designate the use of predicted BLUP values.
  • Vertical full lines delimit introns, and vertical dotted lines delimit the intergenic spaces.
  • Dorsal and ventral clone borders are indicated by white dashed and yellow dotted lines, respectively.
2An indirect, informal, or secondary line of responsibility within an organization (as represented by a dotted line on an organizational chart): I report to Hal Jones, our CFO, with a dotted line to the audit committee
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  • The networks report directly to Kellner, with a dotted line to Ancier.
  • As I envision it, the banking head would report to Geithner with a dotted line to the Fed's Bernanke taking the day-to-day load off their respective plates.
  • Because infosecurity resides in the IT department, the director of IT security reports to the CIO but maintains a dotted line to Becker.

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Line breaks: dot¦ted line

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