- 1A battle line behind the front line to support it and make good its losses: its capture would allow them to penetrate the second line of enemy defencesMore example sentences
- He tried to form a second line but Allied cavalry swept him away: by dawn on the 24th only about half his army was intact.
- Badrand smiled as with a huge crash, his second line joined the battle.
- Men in the first line fought until they were killed or wounded and then men from the second line would move up to fill the space.
- 2 [as modifier] Ranking second in strength, effectiveness, ability, or value: second-line American computer manufacturersMore example sentences
- We have also had strong performances from some second-line stocks including Kingspan and Grafton Group.
- But the working musicians who populate the neighborhood clubs, second-line parades and jazz brunches, are more vulnerable, often living gig to gig.
- Fortunately their second-line bowlers were nowhere near as good.
- 3 [usually as modifier] A medical treatment or therapy used in support of another, or as a more drastic measure if the primary treatment is ineffective: second-line, expensive, often invasive testsMore example sentences
- Another review of several case studies recommended oral and topical retinoids as second-line therapy for the treatment of flat warts.
- No ideal second-line treatment has been established if the initial therapy fails to eradicate the organism.
- These differences in second-line therapy may account for some part of the observed difference in survival.
More definitions of second lineDefinition of second line in:
- The US English dictionary