Definition of dotted line in English:

dotted line

Line breaks: dot¦ted 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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    • I have a dotted-line report to the finance function in Amsterdam, but we are governed and managed by the regional office.
    • Given such close cooperation - which includes cross-functional teams, dotted-line reporting relationships, and various forms of resource sharing - one might ask, why create a separate organization at all?
    • The networks report directly to Kellner, with a dotted line to Ancier.

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